Just in time for the holidays, Gadget Freaks get your pumpkins ready - the 2007 Punkin Chunkin World Championships is this week. In case you aren’t familiar with the event, thousands descend on “the Chunk” in Bridgeville, DE. With a schedule of events filling all three days, the Canons are the gadget of choice for these fierce competitors all vying for one thing – to chunk their pumpkin the farthest. The 2006 adult winner catapulted its pumpkin last year a whopping 3,870.50 ft! Now that’s some far sailing orange vegetable! You can check out all the past winners’ distances here.
Sponsored by the Punkin’Chunkin’ Association, the annual event has a category for everyone from youngsters to teens to adults. You can go to the event’s official website for a look at all the classes and contest rules.
The final showdown is under way in our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest. Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show? It's up to you, dear readers, to tell us.
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.