This reminds me of the old ad slogan Nikon used with its 35-mm film cameras -- "It's not a camera, it's a system." Tools that perform a design function, no matter how adept they are at that (or how many features one rarely uses are crammed in), are useless if they're not part of a complete, product lifecycle management ecosystem. Tracking engineering changes is just as important -- more -- than pulling all nighters to get the prototype out. A robust content management solution -- exciting though that might not be -- is a big part of this.
The community experience is an important part of this. Next-generation engineers aren't getting their information and feedback in the old tried-and-true ways. Electronics distributors (think of Element 14) are adopting the community approach, too. The iTunes/social media approach will be well received.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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