Let's say you have a Beer Chucking Refrigerator within range and a Can Crusher out in the shed. Now all you need is a way to get the empties out to the can crusher without having to get up and walk out to the shed. Here it is — you just pop the empty can into this vacuum transporter and thwap! Before you can say “one to beam up,” that can is recycled. A 1hp centrifugal blower supplies the vacuum and high velocity flow to send the can through 50 ft of 3½ inch tubing from Ed's patio to the crusher in his garage in under one second. A PIC microcontroller operates the whole system from the time he opens the hatch to the time the little chunk of compressed aluminum is ejected from the machine.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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