iPods, iPads, even monthly cell phone bills all cost around, or more than, $150. I don't think the price is too high but Cabe makes a good point that the pricing is going in the wrong direction. I wonder why.
Their price is going in the wrong direction. I have a TI-89 from college, and a TI-80 - a simple calculator for everyday use. But as I use my smartphone more and more for calculations, I wonder if TI will be able to stay relevant. Once my phone handles differential equations, TI will be in the catch-up game.
I have a TI 81 that I had to save up for in high school. It has been through a lot, and it is still one of my favorite engineering tools. The new color version may be just the thing to spur me on to a nee one. It looks like TI is going in the right direction.
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.