So now he's grilling up a storm in his backyard, thanks to the table-top sized Tesla Coil he built and refined to extract long, repeatable sparks. And a lot more goes into this design than plastic pipe and copper wire and tubing. After much optimization, Gary has been able to routinely achieve 9-inch streamers, frequent 11-inch streamers, and even the occasional 14-inch strike to a grounded target (plywood covered with chicken wire).
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Additional parts required: France model 4020SE 4kV/20 mA neon sign transformer, capacitor array 0.025µF @ 8,000V dc, spark gap (two parallel copper pipes), primary coil, secondary coil, toroidal top load made from corrugated aluminum duct. For Gary Lau's complete instructions (including safety information), go to http://www.laushaus.com/tesla
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.