Mapping the world: what3words
what3words is a vital system for assigning a simple three-word chain to any set of coordinates in the world. Sam Holland discusses the location app and considers what it can do for emergency responses, engineering, and other areas of industry.
Industry challenges heightened the need to know your customer
The words agility and flexibility have been common buzzwords used by Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers to their Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) partners over the past three-decades, to communicate their ability to scale up and down in accordance to changes in production schedule demands.
Re-inventing smart home technology
Smart home technology first gained real momentum with consumers in early 2014 following the launch of Amazon’s Echo voice assistant. Buyers were sold a dream of seamless connectivity between devices and a simple automated smart home experience.
E-learning online: Learning management systems and their designs
The role of e-learning (electronic learning), particularly in the context of engineering education, is becoming more and more clear as technological progress allows STEM students the chance to engage with their university materials anywhere on the Internet. Electronic Specifier’s Sam Holland discusses learning management systems and how implementing their designs are key to e-learning in engineering.
Can personalisation be too personal?
“I’ve never said this out loud before, but there’s a very deep fear of being turned off … that would be something like death.” These were the words generated by Google’s AI algorithm, LaMDA, in June 2022, igniting a debate around whether AI algorithms can be sentient. While for the most part, technology that delivers personalisation is a positive, this revelation begs the question – can personalisat...
How to avoid the perils of the grey market in times of shortage
Supply chain shortages make it extremely difficult for OEMs to source electronic components, with many feeling that they have little alternative other than to use unauthorised supply routes to fulfil their customer orders. However, this option is fraught with danger and greatly increases the risk of receiving counterfeit products.
The evolution of the maker landscape
David Sandys, Director of Technical Marketing, Digi-Key Electronics talks us through the evolution of the maker landscape.
What to do with all this ‘clean’ energy waste...
In this opinion piece, Sam Holland discusses some of the electronic waste concerns that solar energy panels are bringing to the forefront, while also considering the 'bright' side...
The psychology of design: human memory
Sam Holland defines ‘user experience design psychology’ and how it can be used to appeal to human memory – and therefore end users' very ability to navigate smartphone user interfaces.
An optimal combo: robotics design and design automation
While the most obvious concept of robotics design is when humans manufacture robots, this article by Sam Holland considers how design automation has an invaluable role in ensuring that machines can also inform robot designers' decision making.