You can find nearly anything on the Internet, but engineers have
always been fenced off from general-interest virtual communities, confined to
highly niched technical websites.
Now engineering is going mainstream. This week, über-site Yahoo!
(www.yahoo.com) began offering access to
Thomas Register (www.thomasregister.com), the site for
buying and sourcing technical products and services.
You can find links to Thomas Register's database at two of
Yahoo!'s specialty sites: B2B Marketplace (http://b2b.yahoo.com) and Electronics
These business-oriented sites are designed to offer information and services
including research, news, and purchasing. The Thomas Register database features
more than 156,000 American and Canadian manufacturers, sorted into more than
63,000 types of products and services, nearly 8,000 online catalogs, and access
to millions of downloadable CAD drawings.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.