Case #102: Dick had a cameo role in Scream 2:
Give the little witches and warlocks a real trick when they come clamoring for treats on Halloween with this doorbell-activated soundtrack. All that's required to build this spooky sound generator is a moderate hack of a cassette player, which involves opening the case and rewiring the motor for remote control, and rewiring of your doorbell circuit. Add a simple, roof-mounted speaker, and you'll have the little darlings scattering in every direction at the first blood-curdling scream. Click here to watch a cool video of the gadget in action.
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!
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.