Ed Nauman had a bad habit of leaving
his workshop at night without turning off the heater. His wife would get up in
the morning and find - to her consternation - the workshop was plenty toasty.
In the interest of keeping peace in his household, Ed decided to create a
gadget that would save the energy spent through forgetfulness. He knew he could
buy an off-the-shelf solution, but as he says, "Where's the fun in that?"
Instead, Ed turned to the world of thermostats and microcontrollers.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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