The Automated Doggy Door feeds your dog, replenishes his water and lets him out into the backyard. Markus Lutz and his team of students at Colorado State University created this complex system that reads your dogs collar and opens the doggy door. The door can also be opened by a step switch right in front of the door, so Fido can let himself out (and back in) at will. It closes automatically after 10 sec. The gadget also fills the dogs food bowl while playing a recording of your voice calling Fido to dinner. The gadget comes with a water bowl mechanism that includes a level sensor and float for automatic water replenishment, so Fido never goes thirsty.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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