Couch potatoes can expand their control reach far beyond the TV, controlling whole house audio, lighting, HVAC and security, as well as their home theater systems. Remote Technologies Inc. offers a variety of handheld and in-wall controllers, transceiver modules and system processors that can be integrated into a range of products. The units communicate using the ZigBee standard. Wireless communications are handled by Ember Corp.'s EM250 ZigBee controller and EmberZNet PRO networking software. RTI's color touchscreen remote control helps keep management simple so users can focus on relaxing.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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