This battery power device does not play MP3 tunes, but it does have an audible alarm output. The alarm sounds when a film of water bridges the contacts of the unit’s integrated electronic sensor. However, condensation or high humidity will not cause the sensor to trigger the alarm. Operating from a 9V battery that lasts about one year, the unit also provides an audible low battery “chirp” to warn of a low-battery condition. Typical applications include basement sump pumps, drain areas and sprinkler systems in residential homes, as well as commercial buildings.
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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