Internet Things

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The term “Internet of Things” was not unfamiliar to me, but I did not really comprehend the potential until a seminar at Advantech almost 3 years ago. Apparently…

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FIA Formula E Racing

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Is it a radical break with the past, or the studied creation of a new racing tradition that builds on the classic principles that bring cars and technology…

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Electric Car Competitions

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The mainstream automobile racing community, in spite of the assumed goal of pushing the limits of technology, has been slow to engage really new technology.  One would think…

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MPG and What’s Really Important

Sunday, March 9, 2014

How we spend our money on transportation is a big part of the economy.  The purchase of an automobile is the second largest expenditure after a home.  There…

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MPG or MPGe?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The familiar MPG, miles per gallon, is a very sensitive subject.  The number of miles per gallon that you get from a car predicts how much money you…

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The Future of Control

Sunday, February 9, 2014

If the future of the control industry could be compared to a weather report, it would have to be “fair to partly cloudy”.  Figuring out what direction things…

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The Future of Manufacturing

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The future of manufacturing is here.  The rate of change is nothing short of amazing.  The implications for the near future of American industry are hard to predict,…

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Future Robots

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The robot revolution is upon us.  There should be no misconception about this.  Robot development has expanded to an audience of tinkerers, college degree programs, industrial developers and…

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Lasers and Mechatronics

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I am certainly no expert on the subject of lasers, but I have recently been involved in a couple of projects that involve their application and I am…

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What is Engineering?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Einstein said “Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been”.  What engineering consists of can be hard to define because it covers so…

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