Not satisfied with the flow rate he was able to achieve with his Super Soaker, Gordon decided to upgrade to a backyard dunk tank. By hooking up an off-the-shelf sump pump to a power supply and building in microprocessor control, he can blast a victim with up to 5 gallons of water when the target is hit. Switch inputs control the "douse" time from one to nine seconds. The microprocessor clocks data into a shift register to control the seven-segment time display. For easy disassembly and transport (it's great for office parties!), the frame is constructed of 1.5-inch PVC tubing screwed together.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.
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.