By Dexter Industries, Virginia, United States
Explore the thermodynamics of modern devices and measure the heat generated by your computer as you run different programs using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the Dexter Industries Thermal Infrared (TIR) sensor.
Heavy computing is vital to our world. We rely on computers and large computing farms to process our data, serve our webpages, videos and music, predict the weather, and many more every-day tasks we take for granted. These computers can generate an enormous amount of heat. In addition, even your everyday computer can generate a large amount of heat performing tasks like heavy calculations, video processing, and file management. In this activity we will estimate the heat generated by a large server farm by measuring the heat generated by our computer.
In this lab students will accomplish the following: