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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On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
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