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A practical use of infra-red technology - robotic flying ducks
A practical use of infra-red technology - robotic flying ducks

Duration: 01:05

A report about an unusual practical application of infra-red technology. After a long day at work, how about chasing a robotic flying duck around the living room to unwind?

 
Automatic digital systems
Automatic digital systems

Duration: 03:42

A flying robot, Flyborg, with the ability to learn and react to its surroundings.

 
Automatic systems: a car park barrier
Automatic systems: a car park barrier

Duration: 02:29

An introduction to automatic systems using a car park barrier as an example. The barrier is an electro-pneumatic system which uses feedback.

 
Combining simple mechanisms to form a complex system
Combining simple mechanisms to form a complex system

Duration: 04:27

An explanation of how simple mechanisms can be combined to form a system. The mechanisms which make up a go kart system are used as an example.

 
Complex systems: gas central heating
Complex systems: gas central heating

Duration: 01:15

A gas central heating system is used to illustrate the workings of a complex system. In order to understand a complex system we must break it down into smaller units or subsystems.

 
Development of early car control systems
Development of early car control systems

Duration: 08:43

The control systems of a number of early cars are analysed. Each car is taken for a test drive and we look at the unique design features including starting, steering and gear change systems.

 
Driving a full-size remote control car
Driving a full-size remote control car

Duration: 05:05

An ordinary car has been adapted to operate entirely by remote control. But just how easy is it to drive?

 
How satellites are tested
How satellites are tested

Duration: 03:39

A satellite has to undergo extreme physical stresses as it is launched, during its flight and so it remains functional for 15 years. We see a satellite launch and learn what these stresses are. Two key tests to check its fitness for purpose are shown.

 
Locating trapped earthquake victims using specialist tools
Locating trapped earthquake victims using specialist tools

Duration: 02:43

A look at the technology used by a specialist rescue organisation in the UK to help locate people trapped by earthquakes or other disasters.

 
Monitoring and controlling traffic
Monitoring and controlling traffic

Duration: 04:30

An explanation of how traffic is monitored and controlled on one of the UK's busiest motorways, with examples of the actions taken to relieve congestion on the M42 motorway.

 
Recording sound - analogue vs digital
Recording sound - analogue vs digital

Duration: 03:53

An explanation of the differences between analogue and digital sound recording.

 
Semi-automatic systems: making a cardboard box (pt 2/2)
Semi-automatic systems: making a cardboard box (pt 2/2)

Duration: 01:27

Illustrates the semi-automatic system of producing cardboard boxes.

 
Space suit construction
Space suit construction

Duration: 04:25

The space suit and its life support system.

 
The use of resistors and transistors within an electronic circuit
The use of resistors and transistors within an electronic circuit

Duration: 01:29

An explanation of the use of resistors, single transistors and Darlington pairs within an electronic circuit.

 
Turning electronic waste into cash
Turning electronic waste into cash

Duration: 03:14

Every year the UK throws out more than a million tonnes of electronic equipment, but inside abandoned vacuum cleaners, toasters and hairdryers are valuable raw materials which can be reused.

 
Voice-activated remote control
Voice-activated remote control

Duration: 00:49

The voice-activated remote control Amulet is clever enough to know when it is being addressed and responds to commands. Presenter Richard Taylor tells a remote control exactly what he wants displayed on television.

 
Why is testing essential in design and build?
Why is testing essential in design and build?

Duration: 04:02

The testing process for the weapons system on a submarine.

 

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