Case #91: Dick worked the graveyard shift:
When the local church needed storm effects for a skit, sound man Dick Neubert found the thunder on the Internet and added "lightning" with a photoflash strobe. He used an uncommitted output from the mixing board to trigger the strobe with the sound signal via a simple interface. The strobe places 300V across SCR1, which discharges this into the trigger coil to fire the tube. In all, this common strobe design will deliver some very uncommon effects for your next Halloween spookfest.
I would love to have a seat watching the reaction of unsuspecting trick or treaters - especially on a foggy Halloween night. The strobe light was a great addition and the bat flying out the door made me jump just watching the video!
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, along with a system that tracks your sleep behavior and wakes you at the perfect time in your sleep cycle to avoid morning grogginess.
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the voltage and current coming from your solar panel. It is used to maintain proper charging voltage on the batteries.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.