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.
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.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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