Google Glass Success Depends on Niche Apps

Prototyping applications will be key to the success of Google Glass and other wearable glasses, speakers at Wearables DevCon said today. The conference, being held March 5 through March 7 near San Francisco, is designed for wearable makers, software developers, and app creators trying to pick up practical, technical knowledge. It turns out that prototyping…

4 Steps to Company & Product Innovation

Sticking to the known best-practices and markets may be the quickest path to irrelevance when it comes to designing and building new products and mapping out corporate direction. At least, that was the premise of Adam Hartung, managing partner of Spark Partners, a consulting firm specializing in innovation, during his presentation at the Electronic Component…

3D Printing: Abuses & Odd Uses

Instant manufacturing, despite a plethora of exciting applications, is also creating some bizarre results. Almost as hot a topic as the iPhone, 3D printing is taking off everywhere. It offers rapid prototyping, low-cost tooling for molding, a way to make small production runs, and, at the expensive end of the scale, a means to do…

New Cars Require Multiple Antennas

The new features of automotive interiors come at a cost of multiple sets of wireless information and content being delivered transparently to the driver. In the past, this was at most two antennas — AM and FM for the entertainment system. Modern vehicles need a few more antennas, and the count is growing. A typical…

The Transition to the Self-Assembly Line

In the future, the familiar and traditional assembly line will morph into a self-assembly line. It may sound like a science fiction movie but it's not. The entire supply chain will see a dramatic change, where automation, self-assembly, and self-configuration will be the everyday realities. If you followed my latest post on 4D Printing &…

Supply Chain Meets Design Chain

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Outside of consolidation, job loss, and sales pain in the Great Recession, there were more subtle transformations going on in the supply chain and design chain. Where some contract manufacturers saw a time of peril, others saw a time of opportunity to get much more competitive, not only in North America…