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
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.