You're right, Tim. I attended a Microsoft user conference that featured tons of useful technology. They also had a surface computer displayed. The surface computer -- with little practical value -- got all the attention.
These are some pretty neat examples of automation. For the trade show, a person might walk right by a booth that has a bunch of six axis robots sitting static, but if you have one of those robots playing air hockey, you will have a line around the block waiting to see your product.
Nice slide show, Dylan. What a wild bunch of examples of automation. Silly me, I thought automation was all about sensors, servo motors, and Ethernet. I guess the final products show better than the wires and grease inside.
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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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.