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 dog’s 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 dog’s 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.
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 vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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