A fact buried deep in Bosch Rexroth Corp. CEO Berend Bracht’s presentation about the worldwide outlook for 2008 blew me away. Canada has lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs during the past five years. Think about it: At barely over 33 million, Canada’s population is about one tenth that of the U.S. Proportionately those jobs have a much bigger than what’s happening in a much more dynamic U.S. economy. That said, when you you lose your job, you don’t much care where you are.
Indeed, a report just out from Toronto-Dominion Bank says "tens of thousands" in manufacturing are being lost to stiff competition and the U.S. recession. The report says 130,000 Canadian manufacturing jobs disappeared in 2007 alone. Especially hard hit are the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
Two things strike me: why is this dire situation largely ignored by the U.S media? And next time you’re slamming NAFTA, think about our brethren north of the border. They’re hurting, too.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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