If your electricity fails in a post-apocalyptic world, you
can use water pressure to generate electricity. Travis Lipstein and fellow
students in a mechatronics class at Colorado State University used a Tesla
turbine - based on the work of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900s - to turn water
into electricity. The water pressure forces a shaft in the turbine to rotate.
The rotating shaft is connected to a generator. The water flow around the turbine
is controlled by valves. The rotational speed is communicated to the user via a
LCD interface on the system's control panel, which lets the user know when
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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.
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