This year's National Manufacturing Week show attendees went "back to school" during the Gadget Freak Workshop at the Design News
booth. Those attendees who participated in a four-task challenge using relays and switches received a bobble-head doll of the G' Freak himself. Tools, wire, and test instruments came in handy for those up to the task. Participants could also vote for the Gadget Freak of the Year from those projects published in Design News, which came with a chance to win $500 just for entering. Find the complete circuit solution posted at http://rbi.ims.ca/3847-532
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.