Welcome to 2013. Before we completely put the shackles on 2012, I thought you'd be interested in knowing which Design News articles garnered the most interest in 2012.
I'm judging interest using two different measuring sticks. First, you'll find the five most read articles of the year. (I'm assuming that, if you clicked on the article, you actually read it.) The second list is the five articles that drew the most comments. These are the pieces that generated reactions strong enough for readers to leave an observation.
Richard, if we are going through the list it seems that Communication and Automobiles are more interested topics to our readers and environmental issues are the concerns, where most of them commented. I think this type of analysis will help you to plan which are the topics more interested to our community members.
It's nice to see readers interested in articles interested in issues that affect the environment, like global warming and hybrid cars. I'm expecting the environment and ways engineers and designers can improve energy efficiency in products as well as be more environmentally friendly in general to continue to be hot issues in 2013.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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