Here's a blimp with its own ideas of flight. Nick Wagner and
his fellow classmates at Colorado
designed their infraLED Zeppelin to maneuver in two modes. The first is remote
control mode where a transmitter sends directional commands (forward, back,
left and right) to the blimp and the blimp responds accordingly. The second
mode lets the blimp chart its own course to a predetermined destination. In the
autonomous mode, the blimp flies to an infrared (IR) beacon. IR transmitters on
the blimp receive a signal from the beacon, and the transmitter facing the beacon
receives the most pulses. The blimp then goes in that direction.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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.