Rather than throw his old TV set away, Mark turned it (along with a few other parts) into a power supply for a plasma globe. Basic construction of the device is a flyback transformer with primary, feedback, and secondary coils. Acting like an inductor, the flyback is wired so that the feedback winding fires the gate of a transistor, which turns the primary winding off and induces current in the secondary winding. The secondary winding and plasma globe form an LC circuit that operates at its resonant frequency (20 to 30 kHz).
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
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.