This isn’t the “Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Blog”, but maybe it should be. Still battling my new home’s unsightly energy guzzling, I am looking for any and all solutions to cut my utility bill. CNN Money.com just posted a series of improvements homeowners can make to “Cut your energy bills in half”. However, each of these fixes requires a trip to the hardware store at a minimum, and some require professional installation.
Here is a trick the amateur do-it-yourselfer can accomplish right now with a step-ladder and a screwdriver: turn your vents away from exterior windows.
Instead of blowing conditioned air right at the surfaces least insulated from the outside (the windows), vents should be turned facing into the room. This configuration enables heated or cooled air to have the greatest comfort impact while minimizing leakage and conduction to the outside.
Since I’m not CNN, I can’t estimate how much money and energy this simple fix will save, but its costs nothing and can be completed in about 10 minutes.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.