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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Take me out to the ballgame……

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    When we talk about Intelligent Systems, we speak about connecting sensors and smart devices through intuitive applications to cloud services. Whether this fabric is lowering the cost of manufacturing for your next car, helping your family doctor prescribe you the right medicine, or making your next shopping experience better, Microsoft technology is in the DNA of the effort. Sometimes, it even effects your day out at the ballpark.

    Most of us think of pro sports stadium experiences from our childhood. Mine was in Edmonton watching the Oilers of the 80’s in mullets and tube skates. The arena was loud. We kept up with the game using a hard copy program in our laps and the few light bulb boards around the rink that showed the score, some out of town info every now and then but not much more. Not much technology in place. Anywhere.

    Today’s kids have it a little different. With the kids back in school, those warm summer nights slowly disappearing into cooler evenings and the trees changing color, our thoughts turn to the autumn. Football coverage takes over the TV networks, and the baseball season heads for the playoffs.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Discovering Intelligent Systems at work in Manufacturing

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    Hey everyone, recently our Windows Embedded team was on a customer site visit in Europe, and we came across a fantastic example of Intelligent Systems in action. While we were touring an automobile manufacturing plant, we observed the line using electric screwdrivers like the one pictured below. They had two cables running into them. Power and Ethernet. We asked the tour director about the network cable, and they explained that the screwdriver was actually an ‘intelligent’ screwdriver.

    We smiled at the thought of this basic piece of hardware actually being able to think about what it was doing. Then he explained it and we were amazed. The screwdriver was hung off a manufacturing line Windows Embedded Compact PC that was connected to a larger network in the factory. The backend provided the screwdriver engineering specs about the screw going into that location on the car, including the required torque and even the number of revolutions that Class 1 screw should take to achieve the desired torque. So, when the technician popped the screw into the chassis, all they had to do was fire the trigger, and everything was automatic. They even had some scenarios where this was done using robotic arms instead of people.DSC_0914sm

    When the screw was installed in the car, a data point was generated that came back down the network cable and registered in the factory database. Basically, an ‘OK’, or ‘NOT OK’ was registered, and in the case of either the torque being missed, or that torque being achieved in an unexpected number of revolutions, a flag was popped to investigate further. In summary, the car would not get off the production line if the quality bar wasn’t met.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    How Intelligent Systems Streamline Data Landscapes in Healthcare

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    Hi everyone. With the exciting release of Windows Embedded 8, and the amazing application experiences that are associated with this new platform, we wanted to talk about how, from the sensor to the cloud, a consistent data stream and application experience can be shared across a number of form factors using a single development toolset.

    By optimizing our development, and helping you adopt using world-class development tools like Visual Studio, we enable organizations to standardize on one trusted platform, so you can develop cloud- connected services right down to embedded devices, and even the smallest of sensors like devices such as pulse oximeter sensors, used to record blood oxygen at family doctor offices.

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