@Rob Spiegel-- CEC definitely serves the engineering community with some programs that are very basic, and others that if you check out the moderator's links, will lead you into a great learning experience. Congrats on the award!
Yes, Chuck, I've always thought it was interesting how audience members sign in hours before the broadcast. I'm not sure what that's all about. Maybe they just want to talk with a fellow engineer. There must be a wanting-to-connect factor in online presentations.
I agree, Rob. The CEC is amazing. Whenever I get on the site on the morning of a CEC class, the listeners are checking in, hours before the show, chattering back and forth about their experiences with the technology of the day. Digi-Key really clicked with this idea.
Having attended the awards last night, I can say that I was amazed that Design News and Digi-Key were able to compete with the big-budget guys who were also in attendance. Companies like Pepsico, McDonald's and AT&T have big name agencies working for them, but our Continuing Education Center more than held its own.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.