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,
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.