Most Recent Breakthroughs in Science and Engineering

With drone technology becoming popular and widely known, we can notice how far we made it with technology. The thing is that kind of technology was possible even before this decade but in much smaller scale. And with science and engineering contributing to our advancement in technology, we may soon see all sorts of futuristic devices and contraptions. So let’s see what are the latest …

Flo Box Security Measures.

Every time Squirrel or Alexia (or some other animal) try to enter or exit the house the Flo Control box takes a snapshot of whoever it is. This snapshot is immediately uploaded to this site and placed on Today’s Events page. Above the picture of each event there is a caption describing how the image recognition algorithm interpreted the picture. There are four possibilities: ‘Exit’, …

New Era Technology.

Great news for all of you who inquired over the years about when the Flo Control box will be available for sale. Microprocessor performance improved so much recently that we can now build the Flo Control system without using a real desktop computer. It will be a fully self-contained device, looking like a regular cat door with a small box attached on the outside. While …

The Future is here

The image-recognition algorithm works by comparing the captured image with the standard image of Flo’s profile (left). The result of this comparison is the similarity number, which in the current version ranges from 0 to 80 (the most similar images, the greater the number). If this number is 40 or more, the software opens the latch by sending some codes to the serial port connected …

Image Trace Theory.

We consider any image to be a collection of a finite number of discrete features. This is a novel approach to images – until now they were always thought of as continuous. Of course, when we talk about a discrete set of elements, we don’t mean pixels. Pixels represent discreteness which has nothing to do with the content of the image; it simply is a …

Ecosystem in Danger as Bees Population Declines

The bees are disappearing. This is among the top concern that is sending not only the ecology community scrambling, but also prominent leaders of first-world countries. Some people might think this isn’t worthy of all the effort experts and government are putting into. If it’s sending the heavyweights scrambling, best believe that the problem is of a global level. Significance in Food Supply For those …

Transportation and Energy : Solving Our Oil Dependence

In the first decade of the 1800’s a transportation revolution occurred with the building of canals and railroads, and the use of the steamboat. Early settlers of our western frontier gladly welcomed the influx of new materials and the opportunity for growth. A century later, during the first three decades of the 1900’s, a similar revolution occurred when the automobile largely replaced the horse and …

Breaking the Classroom’s Monotonous Route

Some of you might be familiar to Google’s philosophy of fostering fun in the workplace. It stimulates creativity, lessens pressure and stress, and creates an environment of productive employees. This approach has been so effective that other companies have been implementing it in their own workforce. Stepping outside the box Or more apt is stepping outside the classroom. As Google’s unorthodox method is working for …

Industrial Floor Networks Are Prone to Threats

Industrial automation will be interfacing more and more with wireless applications and the Internet as plant managers want to control data and have engineers be able to troubleshoot and see a snapshot of the floor from home or from their cell phones. This article touches on some points of interest to decrease cyber threats to the industrial processes. Is There a Threat to the Plant …

Inspiring Young Girls to Take Up Engineering

There is an existing social barrier that inhibits most kids from pursuing a career that focuses in math and science, specifically, the female gender. Imagine yourself being a 12 year old again. You’re inside the classroom. The teacher asks a math equation. You know the answer, yet you hesitate. Hesitate for fear of being called a nerd and being laughed at, the same scenario that …