What could be cooler than launching model rockets? Launching a lot of them! To control multiple rocket launches relative to one another and put on an utterly amazing backyard air show, Joe designed a circuit (replicated for each rocket) consisting of two 555 timers configured for monostable operation and a high-current FET. A single launch button is wired parallel to all of the circuits. Delay times (from the activation of the launch button to the activation of the FET) are adjusted with a potentiometer and range from a small fraction of a second to tens of seconds.
MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH SEQUENCER PARTS LIST For Joe's instructions on how to build your own model rocket launch sequencer, click here.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.