Roland Bent, senior VP of Phoenix Contact (www.phoenixcontact.com)—the company that created Interbus and, for many years, was the fiercest rival of Siemens-backed Profibus—says his company will now "direct its efforts consistently towards Profinet technologies, and work in close cooperation with PNO and its member companies to further develop this technology." Why the drastic change? He says the German automotive industry association VDA has asked control manufacturers to "develop a standard-ized Ethernet-based solution," and by integrating Interbus into Profinet, the two standard fieldbus systems (Interbus and Profibus) will be "consolidated into one Ethernet platform."
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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