It does seem that current theme around appliance-related Made By Monkeys posts is that less is more, and older models have a longer life span than the newer models. That said, I gave up a duo of old, barebones Maytag appliances for a new-fangled Electrolux washer/dryer a couple of years ago and I have to say it's been the best household purchase I've ever made. Runs great, has all the high-tech bells and whistles yet it's simple enough to operate without having to consult with a manual at all. My kind of product! Now let's hope I didn't jinx it.
Yes, I did arrive at the posting about Maytag appliances, but I had clicked on the one about shape-shifting materials. Eventually I did find it, but the first time was rather puzzeling as where I wanted to go was not where I arrived.
From the recent run of Made by Monkeys posts, one comes to the inescapable conclusion that appliances of yore, sans electronics, were more robust than their computationally enhanced descendants. With cars, it's not necessarily the same deal. One can probably say that today's cars are as a rule more reliable and last longer than cars of 40 years ago. Of course, they now cost as much as a house used to, but I digress. Too bad no appliance manufacturer has found a niche making really retro appliances. Probably the parts no longer exist, even if someone wanted to.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.