Bill Bowden asked, "Why not use a standard infrared remote
control from a TV, DVD player or cable-TV box to control other things?"
So, Bill's Gadget Freak project does just that. His infrared (IR) receiver
decodes the signals from remote controls and uses the data to individually turn
on or off four circuits via an isolated relay circuit. Bill tested his circuit
with more than 25 types of remote controls. Let's just say, "Click on,
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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