When it comes to watering large or remote areas, setting up an automatic irrigation system can be a big headache. A combination of digital and analog technologies are being used to simplify that task. Hunter Industries has unveiled its Wireless Valve Controller/Wireless Valve Programmer, a battery-operated irrigation controller with a wireless-remote user interface. In places like rural properties, construction sites and municipal parks where electric power may be hard to access, the system provides automatic irrigation without worrying about changing batteries more than once a year. A key factor in reducing power consumption is Microchip Technology’s MCP1702 Low Dropout Regulator, which regulates the controllers voltage from a 9V battery down to a lower supply voltage.
Hunter Industries has unveiled its Wireless Valve Controller/Wireless Valve Programmer, a battery-operated irrigation controller with a wireless-remote user interface.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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