Great article and interesting new device (I would love to take it for a test drive). I'm already a user of WebEx and Skype and find these tools indispensible for virtual meetings with other off-site members of our teams. I think this new device will only help to improve the virtual experience in the future.
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.