Couch potatoes should be
particularly interested in Bill Bowden's remote control IR receiver, which
allows users to control the power of virtually any electrical appliance
(including those not equipped for remote) using their standard remote control.
It's based on an IR receiver circuit, which is basically a simple toggle switch
that features a 48KHz IR receiver module to convert IR signals to 5V digital
data representing the particular command sent. So switch a fan or lights on and
off, blend up a pitcher of margaritas, pop popcorn and more, all without
leaving your couch â€” possibly
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.