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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
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.