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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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