Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions


“I want to show there’s an alternative to marketing, which is actually design,” says Engman.

“And if you work with design and communications in the right way, that would be the best kind of marketing, without buying media.”

Source: Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions

The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb


In 1966, when life expectancy in the United States was 70 years, nearly three-quarters of Americans said they had great confidence in medical providers, but by 2012 this number had fallen to just one-third of Americans—even though we had gained another eight years of life on average over that time.

No doubt this mistrust has little to with medicine itself and everything to do with economic anxiety.

Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy for American households. We get far less for our money in the United States for medical treatment compared to other countries, while at the same time being required to navigate a confusing bureaucracy that demands we unravel Kafkaesque intricacies of insurance enrollment, FSAs, HSAs, co-payments, and pre-existing conditions to get the services we need.

It’s hard to have confidence in an inefficient system that threatens to leave you destitute if you take advantage of its benefits.

Source: The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb

LinkedIn Racks Target Edge Nets | EE Times

LinkedIn contributed as open-source hardware a set of designs for computer racks to the Open19 Foundation that it helped form. They aim to raise the flexibility while lowering the cost and time to build both large data centers and an emerging class of smaller edge-network hubs that carriers and others are planning.

The designs define deep 19-inch cages linked by data and power cables to a 3.2-terabits/second (Tbits/s) Broadcom-based switch. It initially provides two 25-Gbits/second Ethernet links to 400-W chip-agnostic servers.

Source: LinkedIn Racks Target Edge Nets | EE Times

Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Analysts said the impact of the reported spying will be substantial.

“There’s going to be structural changes in how hardware gets validated, tested and approved across the supply chain following this,” Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said to EE Times.

“We’ve lost the trust factor — and where something is made will get scrutinized until steps are taken to get that trust factor back. Geopolitics and tech are becoming intertwined and that’s the new normal we have to live with.”

One of the results may be higher manufacturing costs.

Source: Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

EV Maker Boosts Storage to Speed Simulations | EE Times


Along with vehicle design, NIO will use the Panasas storage platform for applications such as crash impact simulation.

Jim Donovan, chief marketing officer with Panasas, said that NIO’s move to upgrade its storage was a response to a common problem: performance bottlenecks when running processing- and data-storage–intensive CAE and simulation software.

In one common manufacturing scenario, engineers usually look to their IT department for storage resources, but enterprise storage platforms often can’t cut it.

Source: EV Maker Boosts Storage to Speed Simulations | EE Times

Capacity Media | Deutsche Telekom unveils 5G investment plans


CEO Tim Hottges announced the German telecoms giant’s investment plans at a press conference in Berlin, saying it will reach 90% with 5G coverage by the same year. In the announcement, Hoettges revealed it will hit the same numbers with LTE by 2021.

The announcement followed the revelation that around 80% of Deutsche Telekom’s 27,000 mobile sites are now linked to fibre connectivity, which will support its 5G plans. The German incumbent has already laid over 500,000km.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

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Source: Browse 80+ Challenges

Insight into Sustainable Engineering Trends | EEWeb Community


Despite global warming denial from prominent politicians, an abundance of scientific proof has made it evident that sustainability must be taken seriously. Over the past couple of decades, there has been a sustainable ideology boom as scientists, entrepreneurs, and activists work to find solutions to decrease pollution and start to reverse its negative effects.

This is especially apparent in education, as programs in sustainability and engineering are rapidly increasing in colleges and universities across the U.S., such as ASU’s Master in Engineering Sustainability.

Source: Insight into Sustainable Engineering Trends | EEWeb Community

Taking Touch Technology to the Next Level | EE Times


From touch to voice and gesture controls, there is no end in sight of the evolution of human-machine interfaces. Time and time again, it is a new user interface — whatever it might be — that has proven crucial in influencing consumer purchases.

There is no better example than Apple’s iPhone. Apple altered the competitive landscape of the mobile market by launching iPhones equipped with an innovative touchscreen that covers the entire surface of the device. Consumers ate it up.

Boréas Technologies, a 12-member startup based in Québec, is positioning itself to push touch tech a few steps further.

What if consumers could feel a localized high-definition (HD) sensation — vibration in smaller volume — simply by touching a small select area of the device?

Source: Taking Touch Technology to the Next Level | EE Times

Building a Better Battery Layer by Layer


“Lithium-ion batteries are very promising energy storage systems for electric vehicles that require relatively high energy densities,” said the study’s author Nobuyuki Zettsu, a professor in the CEES and in the Department of Materials Chemistry at Shinshu University.

“However, their high operating voltages commonly result in the oxidative decomposition of the electrode surface, which subsequently promotes various side reactions.”

Lithium-ion batteries store a lot of energy, but the force it takes to make the battery disperse the energy is too much – so much, in fact, that the resulting damage makes the battery lose storage capacity.

To combat this issue, Zettsu and colleagues examined the electric and electrochemical properties of the high-voltage (>4.8 V, vs Li+/Li) cathode, where the electrons enter the battery cell.

Source: Building a Better Battery Layer by Layer