I was disappointed with this article. It was not obvious to me what the project was about. It would have been greatly improved if a paragraph similar to this has been introducing it:
Today there are many inexpensive wireless remote sensor available, but they tend to be battery powered, which makes them a bother in outdoor applications around the house due to short battery life. At the same time, you can get inexpensive solar powered lights for garden paths, but they tend to provide voltages that are too low for the sensor devices. A simple DC-to-DC voltage converter permits these two technologies to be combined to provide low cost low maintanance outdoor wireless sensors.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.