While drinking and driving may be hazardous to one's health, drinking the water in France is not. Saur, a water distribution company in France, installed electronic sensors and high-performance monitoring equipment on an aqueduct that supplies the drinking water for Disneyland Paris. The devices measure physico-chemical and biological data upstream of the water offtake and in the water-treatment plant. Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) levels, measured every two hrs, are used as harbingers of pathogens. Because the bacteria acidifies on glucose media, the Disneyland equipment holds 100 ml (3.4 oz) of water in a nutrient-rich cell and automatically measures the variation in pH. From this, it deduces the quantity of bacteria down to one bac-terium in 100 ml. Traditional analysis time is 48 to 72 hrs. The new monitoring equipment provides results within 11 hrs. Marketed by Ysebaert, the system costs $34,000 to $38,000. Phone (312) 222-1237.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.