Jeremy Willden created a gadget to end the difficulty of getting his children up for school. He took his home Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) system and added paging speakers. He ran a set of the speakers into his childrens' rooms. Every school day, a cron job on the server generates a set of Asterisk Call files that trigger pre-recorded announcements at specific times. At 8 a.m. the message says, “It's 8 o'clock, time to get up.” At 8:10 the message says, “It's 8:10 and you should be eating breakfast by now.” New messages are played until it's time for the children to walk out the door. For those who don't have VoIP, Willden also developed a system that can be run on a home PC.
Silly. You forgot the high voltage neuralizer that modifies their brain patterns to be more obedient and a pre-program to instill in them a deep desire to support you in luxury in your retirement years.
Everyone I know does that with their morning wakeup call to the kids.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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