Raise your hands if this has happened to you: You're in the unlined bed of a pickup truck with no shocks, driving over an unpaved road peppered with potholes, and a brilliant idea for a screenplay hits you. How will you transcribe your magnum opus in such bumpy conditions? Fraunhofer Labs has come up with a compact vibration damper that could completely counteract such vibrations to allow you to get that brilliant idea down on paper.
By Harry SawyersPosted 07.11.2008 at 12:23 pm 2 Comments
It’s hard to tell if you've sanded a board smooth when you can't feel your fingers. That’s the dilemma with random-orbit sanders, which work the wood's surface using a round pad that not only spins but also slides from side to side randomly in all directions—in effect orbiting the center of the device. That shaking motion is great for removing material without gouging the wood. Unfortunately, it also rattles your hands, causing numbness and even lasting nerve and circulatory damage.