engineer-in-wonderland

Rooting around in the fascinating stuff at the bottom of a draw labelled 'Engineering - Junk Miscellaneous'. Delving amongst the delightful...

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A brain teaser

The wise Mr Kurt has drawn my attention to a puzzle from the New York Times.

It asks, if a bicycle is standing up with one of its pedals down, and you pull back on that pedal with string, which way will the bike go.

I am with Mr Kurt…

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Oh I wish I was going to ISSCC

There was a time I went to ISSCC (the International Solid-State Circuit Conference) in San Francisco each year.

A highlights (apart from flying out a day early and walking off the jet-lag in Marin County) were the evening sessions – particularly the ones hosted by the much-missed Bob…

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DIY hydroforming

DIY hydroforming

Without a TV, I miss a few things – and one of those things is a he – Colin Furze – who seems to be bonkers – and has also made a rather good video on DIY hydroforming using a pressure washer.

BTW – only try this at home if you know what you are…

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A real phone-charging fuel cell

A real phone-charging fuel cell

My word.

There is a phone-charging fuel cell on Kickstarter, called Kraftwerk.

Looks like it comes from a comapny called eZelleron, a Fraunhofer Gesellschaft spin-off, and works from lighter gas – butane maybe?

Won’t there be water to tip out occasionally?

Ah ha, just found from the Kickstarter…

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Buy a posh HDMI cable?

I am still trying to have a go with Imaginations Technology’s response to Raspberry Pi: the MIPS (rather than ARM)-based Creator CI20.

Each time I try, I find one more piece of the jigsaw missing.

This time, it was the HDMI cable – the thing in a bag I…

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Component video?

Oh I need to catch up.

As someone without a TV, I have not had to deal with connecting DVD players and such like for a long time.

Before the end of last week, I could recognise Scart, HDMI, and even s-video connections, and even say ‘composite video’ and…

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Now why didn't I think of that

Now why didn't I think of that

A friend of mine got a really neat accessory for his wood-burning stove at Christmas.

It is a Seebeck-effect (which many websites insist on calling Peltier-effect) fan that blows warm air into the room from the top of the stove, powered by heat from the stove top…

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He invented the modern electric kettle, and 399 other things

Thanks to the Radio 4 programme Midweek, I now know who invented the bi-metallic snap mechanism that makes modern plastic kettles possible – and has 400 patents to his name.

He is Manxman John Taylor, and the company he forged – Strix – now turns over more than £100m per year.

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