Posts in category: ‘Features’

For Hardware Entrepreneurs and Startups, What Opportunities and Benefits Do “Smart Manufacturing” and “Industry 4.0” Offer?

From the idea of interchangeable parts popularized in the United States by Eli Whitney for muskets and Henry Ford's mass production techniques to Japan's "kaizen" (continuous improvement) methodologies, and techniques like LEAN and AGILE, manufacturers are always on the lookout for ways to improve – increase yields, shorten raw-materials-to-finished-product times, reduce waste, and more.

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Will the Workforce of the Future Have to Adapt to Robots and AI?

First it was business, then it was psychology but, soon, the most popular college major could be something never before considered an important or teachable subject matter: robot proofing.  

As the use of artificial intelligence rises (AI), some experts in the field believe that the emphasis on traits such as compassion, affection and creativity for human workers will have to increase as well. As the debate around robots and AI continues to grow, more and more researchers and educators believe the teaching of these traits should be featured subjects in any classroom.

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The “Row-bot” is a Self-Sustaining, Bio-Inspired Robot Based On a Beetle

Nature often outsmarts and outpaces our ability to design various systems with specific and necessary roles in the ecosystem. We have much to learn from these systems, and constructing artificial structures that mimic their beneficial aspects is advantageous for numerous applications. So, it makes sense that devices created to carry out biologically related functions based on natural processes are referred to as “bio-inspired.”

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The “Perfect” Cup of Coffee: The Project Cycle

Let me admit something up front: I didn’t start drinking coffee until I turned 40.

In our current caffeinated society, where 32-ounce morning coffee thermoses are the norm, this must sound pretty backwards or maybe unsophisticated. Truth be told, I thought coffee tasted bitter and had an acidy aftertaste. Unless I put so much sugar and milk into my coffee that it started tasting like coffee ice cream, I wouldn’t drink it.

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How Vending Machines Are Reshaping the 3D Printing Industry

The self-service industry has been around for more than two decades, but the emergency of 3D printing vending machines could change both that and the 3D printing industry. Self-serving machines such as self-help kiosks and vending machines have served a wide range of clientele including retail, entertainment, travel, financial services, and healthcare among others. You must have used a self-help kiosk at a hotel, an airport, or a restaurant such as McDonald's or a vending machine at the cinema or your office at some point.

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3D Printing a Game-Changer for the Sneaker Industry

The world of 3D printing is constantly evolving and expanding, and one area in which we are seeing a technological renaissance of sorts is the footwear realm. 3D printing technology has now enabled product customization of sneakers, not only with regard to aesthetics but with the aim of physically helping people. Sneakers can now be printed and tailored to a runner’s biometrics or to the individual’s low or high foot arches.

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