This system could make an excellent gearing system for wind energy. Low gears for light winds and adapt upwards as the wind increases maximizing the rotation of the mill. Usually mills are single gear and either take a certain amount of wind to start (which can cause the mill to sit still for long periods) or they spin too fast and have to employ a braking system at higher speeds.
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.