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26 Jan, 2015

John Day It makes perfect sense for automakers and tier one suppliers to set up facilities in Silicon Valley where there are, as you may know, a great many very well qualified technical people. It’s one more sign – not that we needed one – of the increasing significance of electronics hardware/software/systems technology to competitive cars. In the past year Elektrobit announced plans to open an automotive … Read More

21 Jan, 2015

John Day This week ams AG, which is well-known for its sensor technology, introduced what it calls an Internet-of-Things (IoT)-Connected Smart Lighting Manager, or, a sensor-integrated chip-scale device that enables daylight harvesting. It says its device (AS721x) is the first of its kind. Picture a large office during daytime with the sun shining more or less through the office windows. Daylight harvesting … Read More

16 Jan, 2015

John Day During the Automotive News World Congress this week IBM shared the results of its most recent automotive industry survey, the Automotive 2025 Global Study. IBM reached out to 175 industry executives in 21 countries. Their consensus is that the industry is “ripe for disruptive changes that are breaking down borders of the automotive ecosystem.” “Cognitive vehicles” and “industry co-creation with consumers,” … Read More

12 Jan, 2015

The Easier the Better

Posted by John Day

John Day The easier that new technology is to use, the better, in my opinion. I noticed a couple of innovations in the past week that indicated others are thinking the same way. Broadcom, for example, introduced an automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip and touted its “tap to connect” technology. It said that drivers could pair a mobile device with their car’s head unit by simply tapping the device … Read More

31 Dec, 2014

On-demand Additive Manufacturing

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) engineers and executives know all too well the (very long) time it takes to see a new technology designed, developed, tested, manufactured, and fielded. Long acquisition cycles have long plagued the mil/aero community—in some cases, leaving soldiers and astronauts waiting egregiously long for much-needed solutions. Times are changing, however, and new tools, systems, … Read More

31 Dec, 2014

Printing on Demand at the ISS

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) completed the first phase of a NASA technology demonstration by printing a tool (a ratchet wrench) with a design file transmitted from the ground to the Zero-G 3D printer in space. “For the printer’s final test in this phase of operations, NASA wanted to validate the process for printing on demand, which will be critical on longer journeys … Read More

30 Dec, 2014

Paul Johnston “We certainly want your ideas and our goal is reply, enrich and decide on what we should do with any idea as soon as possible. This does not mean that we are going to implement every idea, that is not possible for a number of reasons but mainly due to resource and our desire to ensure that we are answering our customers’ principal business needs 1st.” This is a quote from Andy Reilly, Product Marketing … Read More

30 Dec, 2014

Parts in Space

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen One of the hottest trends to hit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market is additive manufacturing, which is more widely known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. This year, in fact, NASA hit a new milestone with 3D printing. Mil/aero systems, applications, and end users are benefitting more and more from the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems and components, especially from the … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

Productive Pair Ups

Posted by John Day

John Day Visteon announced this week that it has upgraded its relationship with Rightware from a collaboration to a strategic partnership. The firms are focused on automotive user interface (UI) and human machine interaction (HMI) solutions that leverage high-definition 3D graphic rendering technologies to provide photorealistic graphics inside the vehicle. Visteon said that its LightScape™ instrument cluster … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

A Day in the Sun

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The team at the European Space Agency (ESA), headquartered in Paris, has secured its and the Rosetta mission’s place in the history books with an historic landing on a comet. The Philae lander was equipped with limited battery power with which to perform several tests before it would be forced to hibernate. In the limited timeframe, Philae successfully relayed all its self-tests and scientific data, … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

Third Time’s the Charm

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen It is customary to look back at the major accomplishments of the previous 12 months as each calendar year comes to a close. This year, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community has logged several technological achievements, not the least of which was landing on a comet for the first time in history. Scientists, engineers, and officials at the European Space Agency (ESA), with headquarters in Paris, … Read More

24 Dec, 2014

Minor Planet 2007 VN

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its Rosetta spacecraft in 2004, a full decade ago. The military and aerospace (mil/aero) mission achieved a first in 2014, when ESA staffers landed on a moving comet. While en route, the spacecraft rounded Mars and even snapped a few photos of the Red Planet’s surface as it passed by. Also in 2007, Rosetta was misidentified as an asteroid and briefly labeled … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

The Billion Euro Gamble  

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Rosetta has topped many industry pundits’ lists as one of the top technological achievements of the year. 2014 has seen several military and aerospace (mil/aero) achievements, such as in robotics and small (cube) satellites, but the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission tops them all. Indeed, the Rosetta mission tops a majority of industry pundits’ lists of major achievements, including firsts, … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

Big Changes in Ford SYNC

Posted by John Day

John Day Ford says SYNC® 3, its new communications and entertainment system, features faster performance; more conversational voice recognition; a more intuitive, smartphone-like touch screen and an easier-to-understand graphical interface. It promises seamless integration of AppLink™ to control smartphone apps, Siri Eyes-Free for iPhone users, over-the-air software updates and subscription-free emergency calling … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

Mil/aero Achievements in 2014  

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen 2014 saw more than its fair share of firsts, according to “2014: The Year in Sci-Tech” airing on The Science Channel, owned by Discovery Communications. Innovators in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community logged many of these achievements made for the first time in history. Among these impressive firsts was a major milestone achieved by the European Space Agency (ESA), headquarters in Paris. … Read More

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