Consumer Reports reported last Friday that the LawnBott LB3200 Evolution, a robotic lawnmower that needs no operator, has been recalled due to a safety hazard. A video on the Consumer Reports web site shows that the mower’s blade keeps spinning after one end of it is tilted upward, posing a danger to users and unsuspecting children. The CR web site adds that a distributor said the mower requires a software update to eliminate the problem.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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