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 Technologyís 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.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
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