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Gadget Freak Case #187: A Futuristic Twist on Model Trains

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Ivan Kirkpatrick
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A long way from my model train
Ivan Kirkpatrick   6/30/2011 9:14:27 PM
I guess the future is now.  This is certainly a long way from the trains I had as a kid.  Even later on when  a buddy of mine got into model trains for a while they were not like this.  I have heard a lot about the arduino technology but have not tried my hand at it yet.  The solar aspect of this is interesting as well since I am seriously considering some home improvements that would include some solar PV installations.  Here in Florida any power sold back to the utility is at the same rate we get charged for it so it is a pretty attractive proposition once all the state and Federal incentives are added in.

I am just not so sure how a real solar train would work out.... :-)

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