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The Micro Kitchen from the Microfactory Could Go Big

GE – The online design community FirstBuild recently launched a design challenge to develop a “micro kitchen,” the culinary equivalent of the Swiss Army knife that holds everything required to prepare a late night snack as well as a Thanksgiving feast. Today, it cut the ribbon on an open-design “microfactory” to produce it.

The microfactory will tap FirstBuild’s global, collaborative group of designers, fabricators and enthusiasts to crack engineering and design challenges. The plant’s small size will allow it to customize appliances through small-batch production and fast-track them to market. “FirstBuild will able to create, design, build and sell new innovations for the home faster than ever before,” says Venkat Venkatakrishnan, R&D director at GE Appliances. more> http://tinyurl.com/lgqsnea


This Crazy Electric Bicycle Looks Like Something A Superhero Would Ride

By Adele Peters – Like some other electric bikes, the INgSOC gives a choice of modes.

A removable battery pack behind the seat runs an electric motor.

The rider can choose to sit back and let the bike do all the work, or switch to a mode that just helps make pedaling easier. Or–if someone wants to actually get some exercise–they can switch to pedal-only mode. As they ride, some of that energy will be captured to go back into the battery pack and power lights and a smartphone dock. more> http://tinyurl.com/kq576rh

Are You Designing for Testability?

By Cabe Atwell – There are few inevitabilities in life — death, bills, taxes — and problematic designs should be added to that list. That said, Design for Testability (DFT) is essential in these days of system on a chip (SoC) and components that are smaller than the point of a needle.

The requirements stage of any design is the most critical. An error in this stage will snowball complications and cost more to fix later. Let us assume this stage is done thoroughly and correctly. The next important stage of the Product Life Cycle (PLC) is the design phase. This is where the true inception of the product/design, the true initial error, is created. It’s unavoidable. After which, that error could snowball throughout manufacturing/assembly and become extremely costly by the test/integrations phase. more> http://tinyurl.com/momnfq4

Wanted – Social Business Architects

By Braden Kelley – The world is changing and needs Social Business Architects. Gone is the epoch of the passive consumer, now customers want a say. At the same time, the quest for survival and growth is causing companies to stop looking at suppliers as someone to squeeze on price and instead as partners in innovation.

Social Business Architects use social media, digital communications, value analysis, and other collaborative tools to help organizations attract and engage customers, partners and employees to help the organization achieve its commercial goals. more> http://tinyurl.com/8xo87jg

Why Did You Become an Engineer?

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By Alexander Wolfe – As this month’s question to the System & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn, we asked participants why they became engineers.

Most of our respondents used their youthful tinkering as an entrée into the profession.

“I was given a military textbook on basic electricity by my 7th grade teacher,” says Robert Seay. “Up to then I had rewired a few defective light fixtures… but I knew nothing about electricity…” more> http://is.gd/BiuPXc