Yes, I remember hearing about an EE prof being asked what a good A/D and D/A combination would be to take an analog signal and double the amplitude. They wanted to digitize it, multiply by 2 with a micro and convert back to analog.
78RPM - yes, the "smart Highway" is the concept of a road with a communications channel where cars can communicate but the highway can track where cars are to eliminate tailgating, speeding, and thus avoid collisions. Olus can help with navigation, detours, etc
Future Lectures. The new frontiers of "materials Science" will challenge engineers to integrate their disciplines with the development of materials that have embedded sensors including RISC and FPGA that are cellular and organic. Here's a glimpse http://www.springer.com/materials/journal/11706
Thanks. I'm not really doing any development work yet. I work on test equipment so I am just trying to keep an eye on what's coming and what standards will have to be incorporated in our equipment so that the R&D folks can test it while it is being developed.
"The Cloud" was originally the vision of Sun Microsystems which dared to envision that the Internet should be the computer and personal computers would be terminals. The advantages of 'dumb terminals' in a disttibuted system are ease of use and dedication. But, of course, everyone scoffed. Now Sun's vision is becoming a reality. Irony is a word that should be integrated into the word "technology"Perhaps "Technirony"
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The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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