Upcoming: Google’s Pixel Watch
Following the news that Google is planning to release its smartwatch known as the Google Pixel Watch, this article looks at some of the features to expect and ultimately what they could mean for the wearables marketplace.
Combating range anxiety with EV innovation
As EVs (electric vehicles) become ever more prevalent, the concept of range anxiety is a big challenge for automakers. This piece discusses what manufacturers are doing to combat such a concern.
Kimi: a tech thriller or a tech horror?
Kimi is a recently released crime thriller from Director Steven Soderbergh. The film centres around a Seattle tech worker during the COVID-19 pandemic who suffers from agoraphobia.
Implants: a different type of ‘back-handed’ payment
Now more than ever before, people are reliant on technology, particularly their smartphones and smartwatches. But most people’s devices are on them – not in them. That’s where tech implants come in: this article looks at what tech implants are, how some of them work, and what users may think about such a controversial use of technology.
Identifying electronic components with T&M in mind
When identifying electronic components for optimal products, there are many design considerations that must be adhered to. Using smartphones’ screens and enclosures (aka chassis) as the key example of such components, this article looks at some key areas of T&M (test and measurement) that designers must take into account to achieve resilient, reliable, and effective devices.
The creepy Metaverse
The Metaverse, which can be loosely defined as a point wherein the Internet and immersive computing (particularly VR and AR) form one seamless whole, is an exciting tech term that suggests users’ current, limited – and frankly niche – use of online VR could explode in the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be creepy. This piece considers why an eerie sensation may soon unfold...
Smart devices may never fully replace purpose-built electronics
While devices – particularly smart devices, like smartphones – are becoming ever more versatile, many design engineers still have to work around an age-old truth: a jack of all trades is a master of none. Using alarm clocks as a product example, this article by Sam Holland looks at how, despite the rise in so-called ‘general-purpose’ devices, there is still (and perhaps always will be) a market for purpose-built devices li...
What is an embedded system?
Rather like the ‘Internet of Things’, the term ‘embedded’, at least in the context of engineering, is used so regularly that its meaning may be taken for granted. But what is really meant by the term?
HWP Max 2021 recap: embracing design challenges
It is a sobering truth that – to every entrepreneur in every industry – a new product developer has to learn from difficulties, unexpected pitfalls, and trial and error before they can see their product (or, in fact, any venture) come to life. As the IoT-focused trade show Hardware Pioneers Max (HWP Max) in 2021 made clear, for engineers and other industry professionals, such experiences are no different.
Factors impacting the data centre industry in 2022
With a new year upon us, Jack Bedell-Pearce, CEO and Co-Founder of 4D Data Centres explores how those in the industry are reflecting on the past 12 months and lessons that can be learnt from the changes wrought by COVID-19.