Innovative Automation

Man Struggles With Simple Lightbox Assembly

Posted July 29, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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We shot two new Cool Gadget vids last Friday using our new lightboxes and video studio. Gene walked in with a camera while I struggled to assemble these seemingly harmless yet inherently dangerous items. Have you ever put up a tent? That's what this reminded me of.
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A-Team Jason and Mr. Clueless in the Panel Shop

Posted July 28, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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Britt and I have been working on a brochure for our expanded 24/7 technical support effort, which we are relaunching this month.

Among other things in the soon-to-be-available brochure were some cutting room floor items, like this photo of a guy who totally knows what he is doing inside this panel box (that would be A-teamer Jason Scott) being watched by The Clueless One (that would be Pepper Hastings).

We build some of the cleanest UL 508A panel boxes in the nation. And we can retrofit your older boxes to bring them up to standard. Email us at and we'll have a quote for you in hours.

If YOU can build clean panel boxes or are a sharp technical services person, we always are looking for top-notch people. Find out more by going to today.

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Impalement Alert: Light Box Assembly

Posted July 25, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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We're shooting another Cool Gadgets vid this afternoon, and we're trying to improve the lighting. Gene and I drove down into Dallas to pick up some new equipment, since we plan on doing more vids instead of less.

Besides charging us three times the phone quote, the guy at the camera shop starts putting this thing together and tells us to "stand back." For a minute, I thought we were in trouble.

Bad news is, we still have two more of these things to put together without skewering ourselves.

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Robotic Donkey Climbs 35 Degrees, Carries 300 Pounds

Posted by Pepper Hastings

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The video of this beast almost is scary.  A fully automated donkey that can't be kicked over, walks in snow, scales hills and packs 300+ pounds of payload.

The donkey's control system keeps it balanced, steers, navigates, and regulates energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system.

Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others.

Can you imagine 1,000 of these working in a military convoy?


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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster ‘Powered’ by Innovative

Posted July 18, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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If you're heading to Disney World this summer, you might feel a little safer knowing this.

BTW, Innovative Automation supplies some of the mechanical components that make the zero-to-60 in two seconds technology of the Rockin Rollercoaster at MGM. Do NOT -- repeat, DO NOT -- miss this ride if you're heading into the Magic Kingdom any time soon.

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