As someone who has used, and watched my kids use, pitching machines, I like the idea of the pitch alert systems. Part of hitting is timing the pitcher's windup (or stretch) to get ready for the arrival of the ball.
I like the pest zapper, too, as long as it doesn't hurt the animals! I guess you don't actually have to aim directly at them! There are a few neighborhood cats in my area I'd like to deter from eating the food put out for my cats. I also think the interactive beer pong table is pretty funny. It would have been quite dangerous to have when I was in college!
The variable golf course is quite an interesting system indeed. I can see that some other versions using that same machanism could be the basis for a product that might sell well at some upscale golf courses and country clubs. It could duplicate some of the tougher holes from around the world. There is a whole lot of potential in the concept. And that mechanism is a great idea, good use of fairly standard materials and technology.
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.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.