Gadget Freak James Kinney was looking for a way to take the pressure off the back end of a tow truck when itís carrying a heavy load. If you can equalize the pressure of the truck bed so all the weight is not on the back end, there will be less stress to the truckís suspension system. Kinney developed the air suspension system, called the Mechatronic Microcontroller, in his mechatronicsí class at Colorado State University. The gadget uses a resistive touchscreen from an electronic Sudoku game to select the ride height of the tow truckís bed to make it level, thus spreading the stress of the towing weight evenly across the truckís suspension.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
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