Anyone can drop a roast or spare ribs into a commercial meat
smoker, but Peter Rauch decided to create an electronically controlled smoker
that uses a programmable controller, touch-screen human-machine interface, and
a network connection. Not only will this high-tech smoker control its
temperature, it also monitors meat temperature and can hold it at that
temperature until you're ready for a feast. The design includes a Web server
for remote control and text-message alarms. As they say in German,
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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