Inventing

2001-10-30 – Bright sparks use hands-free

Here’s a good one. I shall now demonstrate how to use really high-tech to solve a relatively simple problem. Someone is bound to want to pay for it! Imagine, if you will, a farmer or worker outdoors. As these cold nights draw in, it gets harder and harder to see with the shorter days and…

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2001-08-07 – Supply chain shorting

On TV is a new series, called \”The future just happened\”, which featured, amongst other things, in the first episode, a 15-year-old boy who has earned over $50,000 playing the stock market. The URL for the link is www.bbc.co.uk/future. The crux of the argument is that now, due to the power of technology, the years…

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2001-04-01 – Infra-red home automation

Here’s the latest idea: Infra-red control cards for the PC. Nice user interface program, and a PnP PCI card, or perhaps a box that goes on top of the PC and plugs into the serial or parallel port. Point your remote and press capture, and it will sample it, just like many of the clever…

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2000-07-21 – Home-made precision machines

For many years, Scientific American have carried a monthly column called \”The Amateur Scientist\”. In it, various editors have, over the years, given step by step instructions on how to build and perform amazing things and feats in the home. Every one is now available on a single CD-Rom, up until the end of the…

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2000-07-07 – Adaptive optics and your sunglasses

Adaptive optics, in a nutshell, are lense systems and mirror systems which adapt to correct for errors in transmission. An example of this is heat haze. The shimmering of what you are looking at is caused by the movement and changes in the properties of the air, and a fast computer, some expensive systems and…

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