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
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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