More everyday objects


I love doing the stuff we did in series #2 and #3 and what's coming in series #4: The engineering behind everyday stuff. Thrilled to do more. What do you want? Most popular request is a solid state hard drive. Anything else?

List of stuff to look into

  • Solid State Hard drive: How it works
  • The cellphone network
  • RFID tags (how do they work without any power source???)


Please add comments, suggestions, points for discussion below. Also, feel free to modify the description above.

Comments


SLR Camera
Prisms

Charge-coupled device (cameras, thermographic as well) ...

[CCD will be in the upcoming series, as well as in the companion book for the series]

Geiger counters

I don't have a good specific suggestion, because some of the best ones you've done have been surprising: things about which I had no questions presented with a focus on the beauty and cleverness of the engineering that I had never considered. the whiffletree, for example kept me up after I planned to go to bed. also the pattern in the cheese melted by the microwave was impressive. I hope that this will help to generate ideas.