We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our February issue we’re opening up the Brainstorm discussion to our faithful readers. We want to hear your thoughts about consumer electronics and the future of technology. Typically, the Brainstorm is an editorial section consisting of short commentary....
With miniaturization often comes the challenge to produce the same amount of work as in large design, thus creating more power in a smaller envelope. Engineers should look at the different impact of dimension on motor performance criteria (efficiency, power, thermal dissipation, inertia, etc.).
Device miniaturization is integral to the design and development of a wide range of medical devices, including analytical test equipment, ventilators, and infusion pumps. Making devices smaller and lighter helps conserve valuable real estate in patient rooms, enabling equipment to be placed closer to the patient as well as allowing more space for medical professionals to work.
As the requirements for medical devices become more demanding, accessing new technologies and materials to miniaturize components is essential. Miniaturization of medical devices is dependent upon the reliability of their assembled components, which is crucial for proper functioning devices.
Like many engineers, all of my best ideas happen in the shower ... along with bad singing. So, for my Christmas this year, I’m hoping for a waterproof, wireless headset. There appear to be one or two on the market, but I need one coupled with an app that can cancel out background noise (say from a shower head)....
Traditional embedded development tools assist engineers as they implement their applications. Innovative tools assist engineers as they implement their ideas, without imposing a predetermined solution or outcome. Such solutions abstract the implementation and accelerate the “idea to product” process.
Although LED lighting is still in the early adoption phase, high brightness lighting class LED devices are currently used in a wide variety of different applications due to the many advantages they offer over traditional light sources such as incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. The development of ever more efficient LED devices is ongoing as device technology continues to be improved.
There are two advances (among many) that will lower healthcare costs in the future. The growing ubiquity of high speed connectivity will allow for remote telemetry and monitoring of patients. Advanced sensors will allow doctors to keep track of patients well being without them venturing to the doctor's office. If they do need to come in all the basic tests will be completed, reducing time to treatment.
Power sources in the future will be used and developed based upon economic, political, environmental and technological considerations. Changes will be dramatic but evolving over decades; the changes will be both in the sources of power and perhaps more so in the consequences of creating and using that power.
Medical device companies deploy technologies to address unmet clinical needs, and of course, to make a profit in so doing. In some cases, the cost of new generations of medical devices increases, sometimes substantially, but that’s actually not what’s important. We have to evaluate the total cost of healthcare. In some instances, a substantially more expensive medical device can actually reduce the overall cost of healthcare.
Advanced vehicle and aircraft systems contain a significant amount of embedded software supporting virtually every operation, from entertainment and engine control to critical safety functions. A recent IEEE Spectrum article noted that a premium-class automobile” probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code.
Testing in the ultracapacitor industry is challenging because manufacturers are not required to adhere to compliance standards. The lack of specifications means that tests vary from company to company, making it extremely difficult for customers to compare products.
What is the most challenging part of the testing process?
What market segment is in the direst need of an alternative energy overhaul and why?
What are the intrinsic advantages of transflective displays and how will they benefit the industry?
What consumer technology will make the biggest splash in the New Year?
The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter (http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work) drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.
What impact is the build-out of the smart grid having on the electronics industry?
With the holidays approaching, what product or technology is on your wish list?
How could solid state lighting benefit the medical device sector?
Discuss the importance of test and measurement, especially as it relates to the development of advanced design software.
What application area will benefit most from the integration of solid state lighting?
How can we increase the commercial viability of advanced technology vehicles?
What business or developmental opportunities do you see in your space for the smart grid?
What types of improvements need to be made in network technology/architecture that can provide improved performance and capabilities in military applications?