You don't need to be an engineer to see the shift in technology toward mobile. Moving the workstation from moored cubical to where it's more convenient is the ultimate goal of any spry company. Paper and pencil gave way to computers; desktops are giving way to tablets and smartphones. There are plenty of engineering apps on the various markets, and industry standardizing corporations are getting into the game -- it's time to become familiar.
Just like most “apps” on the market, the goal is for engineering applications to be as intuitive and easy as possible. Taking the precision of a big clumsy finger and letting the user refine circuits and structural design, app design companies are changing what it takes for an engineer to be effective. Dynamic, on-the-spot engineering is the future requirement. Take this scenario for example: Sit in a meeting over an electrical issue, design a circuit to defeat the problem on your smartphone, simulate it in front of everyone. The day is saved.
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By MuseMaze, EveryCircuit is possibly the best circuit design and simulation app on the Android market at the moment. It pulls in SPICE models of almost every component out there. Anything that can be done on a bench is in this app -- function generators, oscilloscopes. However, this app takes design to a whole new level of interactivity beyond that of even desktop apps. Watch how every component reacts in the circuit. “Adjust circuit parameters with analog knobs, and the circuit responds to your actions in real time.” A perfect app for testing designs before ever buying a single component. A must have. Free version is available.
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