November 14, 2006

Anyone have a spare ark we can borrow? It’s been raining like crazy here in the Pacific Northwest, and as our headquarters sits right near a river bank, it appears we may need to build one to escape the flood waters!

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June 29, 2006

Independence Day - A Day to Reflect

It’s been a busy week at headquarters for the X10 team. So much going on amidst the hustle and bustle that I think it’s time to take a quick breather and talk holiday.

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June 27, 2006

A Basic House of The Future

Want a great way to light a room of your house while you are in it -- without the hassle of looking for that X10 remote control? Try this experiment and you’ll feel like you just stepped into a “house of the future!” You’ll need a lamp module, a transceiver module, and a Hawkeye motion sensor.

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June 12, 2006

The Sweet Sound of Annoyance

Leave it to kids to find a way to turn something that was created as a means of being annoying to them into something useful. Call it a backfire and a misstep on the part of adults. Recently an inventor found a way to repel loitering teenagers by using an irritating high pitch sound that could only be heard by younger ears. This was meant to drive away these kids who were hanging around scaring away potential business and making a mess of the store grounds.

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June 01, 2006

"How many cows do you have under that hood?"

My tiny college made national news! Yesterday, on, a video report was published showing how student engineers at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA, developed a car that ran on cow poop! Yes, you heard that right. Now, it’s probably not what you think, the car actually runs off of the methane gases produced by bovine waste.

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May 25, 2006

Thoughts on Robotic Artificial Intelligence

Ok, this is really cool. I found this video link awhile back that was published by the BBC, and had bookmarked it for it had really intrigued me. Many of you may have seen this already as it has been out for some time. An inventor created robotic fish using modern technology of artificial intelligence and displayed them at the London aquarium. These fish can move and operate on their own, and their movements are so realistic that they swim like real fish! How cool is that!

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May 22, 2006

What does the future of Home Automation look like?

According to many people I’ve talked to, home automation is still in its infancy stage. The development of x10 started about 30 years ago and has evolved since. Imagine into the future 30 years from now, when possibly all modern houses come standard with the capability to turn on a specific light when you walk into the room, then automatically turn off as soon as you walk out., or if your television automatically turns on while in the room then automatically shuts off when you leave.

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