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.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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