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Dino-robot is latest toy from Furby creator

190588294920This is on the top of my take apart & tinker list! “When Caleb Chung has a big idea, the toy world pays attention. The co-inventor of the Furby doll created a sensation in 1998 that sold 40 million of the talking furry creatures. Now at a Bay Area start-up, he is launching a new dinosaur robot for kids that he hopes will build upon his dream of creating lifelike, emotionally responsive mechanical animals. Chung’s new brainstorm is called Pleo and it will debut this fall. He is unveiling it today at the Demo conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has also taken the wraps off his Emeryville-based company, Ugobe, which is making Pleo.” [via] Link.

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  1. Single plug outlets for 110 volts aren’t actually very common but a duplex is nothing to be afraid of. There will be two sets of terminals on each side and if you look close they share a common bus. The ground really is important as well.

    When doing house wiring in the US, the black wire is the hot and always gets connected to the brass colored terminals. The white is common and gets connected to the Silver terminals, the bare copper is the ground which gets connected to the green terminal.

    If you are wiring a recepticle that has the hole for ground be sure and wire the ground. Some older appliances need this for safety. Most things you buy today are double grounded, which is why the common terminal has a wider spade. Everything will still work if you reverse the two but you aren’t protected from an internal short.

    If you are wiring another recepticle after the first they get wired in parallel and you just need to remember one screw one wire, white to white and black to black.

    If the first recepticle is a Ground Fault Interuptor, be sure and wire the second recepticle to the terminal labeled load. The terminals wired line go to the breaker in your service panel.

  2. Can’t say enough about proper grounding. If you’re using it as an extension cord, you should be using grounded cable, and connect the ground wire to the ground screw. If it’s a metal junction box or cover plate, you should make sure to properly ground the box, too.

    Most of the outlets you can buy at big-box home stores will be marked “white wire” and “black wire.” Just follow the directions.

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