At the show, embedded operating systems giant, Wind River Systems, Inc. talked about its use of the Virtutech Simics simulation to develop multicore versions of its embedded software products. Peter S. Magnusson, founder and chief technical officer of Virtutech, told media at the show that such modeling can be used for so-called "nightly builds," in which engineers of large products, even cars and airplanes, can create rough models in a day. "We're beginning to see situations where you build the hardware to match the software, not the other way around," Magnusson said. "When you have 20 million lines of code in your product, that's the way you have to do it." (Look for more on the concept of "nightly builds" in a future issue of DN.) Read more about Simics at http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-576.
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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