Just what you always wanted - an automated laundry chute. Jitendra Tailor of
created a laundry chute that opens and closes on its own. Drop your clothes on
the trap door (built into the floor of an upstairs bathroom) and the door
opens, dropping your clothes down to the laundry room. Once the clothes have
fallen, the trap door closes. A motor, a series of pulleys and a couple
switches is all you need to automate the chore of sending your clothes down to
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.