The Omnibot has been designed to
clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal all types of Heating, Ventilation and
Air Conditioning (HVAC) ducts internally - from sizes of 15 x 12 inches to 48 x
48 in one single pass. Larger ducts can be handled by multiple passes and a
subset of the system may be used to clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal
vertical shafts in multistory buildings and high rises. The system can handle
800 foot vertical ducts with access only to the bottom and top of the duct.
Most buildings - commercial, industrial and government - have substantial HVAC
duct leakage. To combat duct leakage, design engineers have an increased focus
on installation issues thus making it more challenging to design cost effective
and energy efficient HVAC systems. The company says the Omnibot provides a
powerful solution for nosocomial infection management in hospitals. It allows
for complete source removal with the ability to chemically treat the internal
duct surfaces for clean room or infection control purposes. These capabilities
let design engineers focus on optimal function and cost effective designs as
the number of constraints are drastically reduced. Although there are several HVAC robotic
manufacturers, the company says its designs are the only ones with fully
digital video, recording and controls. This allows system miniaturization and
one-hand operation so the operator may work efficient while staying OSHA
compliant. The patent pending even-application and self-centering capabilities
are other important differentiation factors that reduce chemical usage by 40 percent.
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?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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