Nearly every engineer loves Dilbert. Now Scott Adams, the creator of our favorite nerd, has created a new site called the "Lazy Entrepreneur", which promises, "all talk and no funding." The site encourages fans (and In-Duh-Viduals who can find the site) an opportunity to share their good ideas for a new invention.
Even though the site launched a few months ago, there are already tons of ideas, including some from Mr. Adams himself. How about a find-your-car-device—a string of lights placed on your antenna with a remote control on your keychain? Or a suspended track chair for those worthy few who have a large workspace? (Wouldn't this be even better with a small electric motor, too?) How about electronic wallpaper regulated by a low-voltage current running through a chemical mesh glued to the wall of your house? (No more washing walls either, just key in a darker color!) There's even a suggestion for an empty parking space detector with a zoomable map showing empty spots plus an indicator of parking meter status. (Some visitors have already mentioned that this exists in Europe!)
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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