Talk about the beauty of having a diverse partner network. On the heels of announcing a partner to develop search capabilities for its PLM platform, open source vendor Aras announced this week the development of Android and iPhone mobile applications that specifically work with its Aras Innovator PLM platform. The apps, developed by Aras partner Porchys, allow companies to extend all the product-related data and PLM processes to their mobile users on the go. With this first-generation of Android and iPhone apps, users will be able to securely access, manage and edit information in Aras from their smartphone, and the apps can be configured and extended to support company-specific processes. Aras President Peter Schroer cited the new mobile apps as a “great example of the benefits of an open source approach.” He just might be right.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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.
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