Typical pitching machines make it hard for a batter to prepare a proper swing. To improve his performance at bat, Nathan Loden created this pitch alert system by attaching an IR LED and sensor to the ball feed mechanism. When the next ball up is blocking the sensor, the signal is fed into a circuit that switches on a bank of high-intensity, flashing LEDs. The batter has plenty of time to set his swing unless, of course, he is distracted by the fascinating light display. So go have a slugfest!
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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