Fido's out of the doghouse now, thanks to Larry's automatic mail delivery notification system. When the postman opens the lid of Larry's mailbox, a photodetector mounted inside the mailbox activates a light-emitting diode inside the house, notifying him that mail has arrived. A special latch circuit ensures that the LED stays lit after the lid shuts, and a pushbutton allows Larry to reset the circuit after retrieving his mail.
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Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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