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
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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