An engineer who likes to collect data everywhere he goes, Craig figured out how to mount a speedometer that uses a Hall-effect sensor on his 42-inch-long skateboard. By calibrating it for the 65-mm old-school wheels, he now knows his current speed, average and max speed (30 mph!), trip miles, and total miles traveled. Given the slight imbalance created by the wheel-mounted magnet, the only thing left for him to compute is a quick cure for road rash.
Skateboard computer parts list
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Foam mounting tape
Other supplies: Speedometer assembly (Out of Line Sports), custom-made board cover plate Cowabunga dude, check out the full assembly details!
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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