Clippard Instrument Laboratory pneumatics guitar uses 62 pneumatic valves and 62 pneumatic cylinders, working in conjunction with a microcontroller-based I/O board, to strum the guitar’s six strings and create percussion sounds.
I don't think we have to worry about losing jobs in bands with this device. I wonder if it can "squeegee" the string to vary the frequency? How about vibrato? I hope this was developed just to prove their expertise in pneumatics, 'cause I ain't buying the CD.
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.