Smokers could inadvertently damage the laser-based sensor that reads disks on the popular Wii video game, the Boston Herald reported today. The problem surfaced after a new video game, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, was released last week in Japan. Super Smash employs a double-layer DVD that reportedly requires a higher level of reader accuracy. Wii has offered to clean consoles at no charge.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
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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