When bikers want one-of-a-kind cycles with hand-built frames, elements like wiring harnesses must also be customized. Wiring is already a weak point for many bikes, so when Finch Customs is building its unique frames, like the Double Cross featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off,” making sure wiring is not an issue is a key design parameter. Ron Finch and his co-designer, called Screwy, check wires hidden inside the frame using Fluke Corp.’s 88V, which features a beeper to signal continuity. The DMM helps the team understand the impact of using LEDs and incandescent bulbs, which have dramatically different current and resistance levels.
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.
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