What to Know About Bluetooth 5

    Posted by David Bonneau on 07/30/18

    Radios, Remote Sensors, and Connectivity

    It’s hard to imagine a time before 1998, when Bluetooth® was first introduced, that we’d have to endure commutes to work on the train without the “luxury” of internet connection, or workouts with our favorite tunes blasting perpetual motivation through our cable-free earbuds. Remember when cafés advertised free WiFi? Now wireless connections are commonplace and expected amenities in public places. And, noting the difference between WiFi and Bluetooth, the latter—through our Bluetooth-enabled devices—keeps us connected to WiFi. Bluetooth has become a necessary bridge to the world wide web, making it the modern-day lifeline to the internet of things (IoT).   

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    Topics: Troubleshooting Technology, IoT Engineering, Internet of Things, Creative Solutions

    Principles of Interface Design for Embedded Systems, Industrial Controls, and Medical Device Technology

    Posted by David Bonneau on 05/31/18

    Understanding the Process When Engineering New, User-Friendly Designs

    Staples has the “Easy” button, which ironically, does nothing. Though I guess you could say, it makes doing nothing pretty easy. And who doesn’t welcome solutions that come as easily and simply as pushing a button?

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    Topics: Medical Device Technology, Troubleshooting Technology, Creative Solutions, engineering design, Interface Design

    Engineering Technological Solutions for Feeding the World

    Posted by David Bonneau on 04/13/18

    The Mass Appeal of 3D-Printed Food Is No Joke!

    A scientist, farmer, and entrepreneur walk into a bar together and enjoy a 3D-printed pizza. And finish it up with nutritious, milled-mealworm shortbread cookies—also 3D printed. Wait, that’s not a joke! It may not sound all that appetizing, but in efforts to figure out how to feed the world’s ever-increasing population, dedicated stakeholders are working on sustainable measures to keep food on the table. As we know, necessity = invention. 

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    Topics: Troubleshooting Technology, Creative Solutions, Medical Device Technology, IoT Engineering, High-Speed Count Verification Systems

    Rethinking Creative Solutions for Medical Device Technology

    Posted by David Bonneau on 01/02/18

    The Hollywood version of operating rooms is full of beeping, blinking monitors and medical devices that look like something out of a (more recent) Star Trek movie. Futuristic, sleek, mind-bendingly fast, and informative—almost too much so. And while some virtual arrays and hologram “touch” screens seem beyond our current paradigm grasp, they either already exist in some form or are closer to large-scale reality than you think.

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    Topics: 3D Printing, Troubleshooting Technology, Creative Solutions, Medical Device Technology

    What to Ask in the Discovery Phase of the Engineering Design Process

    Posted by David Bonneau on 10/04/17

    Troubleshooting Technology: It’s Not What You Think

    The pace at which technology, innovation, and design morphs is staggering. There are plenty of intelligent people out there to create great change and discover the next best way to do something, anything … everything. What happens when you’ve invested time, money, and lots of human capital in bringing in a new system, and then another technology comes along and complements it while promising to increase its output, but is not as integrative as it should or could be?

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    Topics: Discovery Phase Design Engineering Process, Troubleshooting Technology, Count Verification Systems, High-Speed Count Verification Systems

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