The washing machine at Edward Nauman's house kept overflowing
and flooding the floor, so he designed a flood sensor to cut the power to the
washing machine if the water in the drain rose within 1.5 inches from the top.
The level sensor is mounted in a hole drilled in the drain pipe and the
electronics are mounted in a box on the wall next to the power outlet. The box
plugs into the wall and the washer plugs into the box. When the water rises to
the sensor, a switch in the box cuts the power.
Shutting off the machine at the first sign of overflow is one way to stop the symptom, but clearing the drrain would be an actual fix. See "the case of the refilling washing machine." The big problem in this tale is poor drain function, which will only get worse.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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