When John Dawson turns on his table saw
he wants a Shop-Vac®
to automatically turn on, too. He might have controlled a duplex outlet
from a wall switch, but where's the fun in that? Instead, he uses a Hall-Effect
sensor to detect current flow in the saw's power cord and then turn on the
vacuum cleaner via a relay. John's design adapts well to other control
situations, too. Don't get sucked into a simple switch circuit.
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
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.