Our kids are really smart. We haven't lost our leadership globally because our kids are less bright - it's because we don't do a better job, in education, of engaging them. Could you imagine if you took a class full of kids and gave them tools and support to create these sort of "out there" ideas. They'd be learning programming, mechanics, electronics, wireless - who knows what else - oh yeah, teamwork, leadership, planning, etc. And they'd be having fun doing it. Engineer Creates iPhone Dog Treat Feeder | Gear Live
Stephen Cooper, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, decided to take a CD spindle and an ioBridge, a smart board that requires very little skill and will set up an online interface page for you. Ninety minutes later he came up with a way to feed his pup Cooper remotely from his iPhone. Stephen explains on his site how you can make a similar gadget. We guess that his dog was happy once he got the hang of it, but we bet he would rather have had the 90 minutes with his best friend.