Here's a skateboard that doesn't need a hill (or a push-off from your foot)
for propulsion. James Howland and his project buddies, Pat Rimel and Nate
Davis, created a motorized mountainboard as a project for their mechanical
engineering class at Colorado
The gadget has a handheld speed control, and the team was able to get the board
up to speed of 13 miles per hour. The speed decreases while traveling up hills
but still has enough torque to conquer hills with ease. The mountainboard also
has buzzer on the nose that acts as a horn.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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.