While working on a project for a television program,
several-times-over Gadget Freak John Tindall started tinkering with a pulsejet
engine. Pulsejet engines were used by the Germans during WWII. The technology was
left behind by turbofan jets. But Tindall found the pulsejet well-suited to garage
- and Gadget Freak - tinkering. Apparently there is a wide community of
hobbyists playing with pulsejets at home. Tindall came up with a cyclonic-valve
radial design that makes for smoother airflow. He proved the concept with
plastic and aluminum valves - but the gadget backfired and blew up. Next step, a
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.