When you want to sleep in during a cold winter morning - but the dog needs to get out of its crate - you can turn to Les Kelly's Easy Out Gadget. Click a controller and the dog's door opens while you get a few more zzz's.
The controller works from many floors away. Once you push the button, the door pops open and out comes pooch flying up to greet you - or run out the doggy door. The build instructions are relatively easy and this gadget requires few parts.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.