Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 20, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

I’m old enough to remember when the word “robot” conjured up images of Rosie, the cartoon housekeeper for the Jetson family, or Robot B9 on Lost in Space. The idea seemed to be that robots would be large, metal human-like creations that would take over the menial or dangerous tasks humans no longer wanted to do.

These days, pop culture presents a much more nuanced and darker version of the robot – check out HBO’s Westworld or the BBC’s Humans and you’ll see what I mean.

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Top Internet of Things Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 08, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

The other day a colleague and I sat down with one of the engineers in our office to talk about the Internet of Things (IoT). While we talked, he sketched the picture above. It's one of those things that made sense at the time. It's good for a chuckle, right? 

The IoT is one of those topics that can be tough to pin down. Developments in IoT move fast, and in that spirit we offer this brief list of blogs to bookmark and Twitter handles to follow to stay up to speed with this rapidly changing sector. We invite you to add some of your favorite blogs on this subject in the comment section below.

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Top 11 Internet of Things (IoT) Blogs and Resources of 2016

June 14, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

The Internet of Things seems to be buzzing no matter which way you turn, but where can you go for the most up-to-date information and thoughtful perspective? No worries -- we've scoured the web and done the work for you. Below is a list of the top 11 IoT blogs and sites of 2016 (thus far). Dive in, and enjoy building your connected world.

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7 Misconceptions About the Future of Robotics in Manufacturing

June 07, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

In September 2015, The Boston Consulting Group predicted that investment in advanced robotics will increase to around 10 percent annually (up from 2-3 percent today) over the next decade – a direct result of corporations beginning to realize the positive economic implications of sophisticated automation. BCG also projected that, across select industries, more than 40 percent of manufacturing tasks will be completed by robots by 2025. 

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The Future of Virtual Reality (VR) in Manufacturing

April 12, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Virtual reality used to be relevant to the gaming industry alone, but the times, oh my, they have changed. This technology has the potential to reshape major industries, from healthcare to industrial design to hospitality. While the potential undoubtedly exists, the technology remains largely underutilized in most industries. Its coming-of-age is now underway, allowing companies to digitally see and interact with their designs, as well as troubleshoot potential issues, pre-production. Read on to learn what this could mean for the global manufacturing sector.

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5 Virtual Reality (VR) SlideShares You Don't Want to Miss

April 05, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

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Virtual reality (VR) is making waves, and it's affecting more than just the gaming world. From medical technology to employee training, VR has amazing potential to launch us into industry 4.0 in a major way. Check out the five SlideShares below to learn more about this incredible technology and get some different perspectives on the future of VR across industries!

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Beyond Nest: 9 Ways IoT is Reshaping the HVAC Industry

March 31, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When you think of the Internet of Things and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, what first comes to mind? It might be the infamous Nest Learning Thermostat, the first connected heating and cooling system of its kind. According to Emerson Climate Technologies, 33 percent of thermostats sold in 2014 were wifi-enabled. This number will climb to a whopping 75 percent by 2019. But the IoT's reach extends far beyond residential applications, whether you realize it or not. The Internet of Things is truly revolutionizing the commercial HVAC industry in nine pivotal ways, from remote diagnostics to increased efficiency. 

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5 Technology Trends to Look Out for in 2016

January 07, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

We saw some amazing technological advancements in 2015 (but try to forget about those combustible hoverboards) and are now looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. Expect this year to be more about fine-tuning technologies that emerged in the past couple of years, rather than seeing entirely new product categories.

As the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets fired up in Las Vegas this week, exciting tech news is rolling out in real time. Check out #CES2016 for the latest Twitter updates. But before falling down the fascinating CES rabbit hole, read on to find out what 5 technology trends you should be on the lookout for in 2016.

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6 Internet of Things (IoT) SlideShares You Should Check Out

October 29, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

The IoT is changing the world, from the way we track our fitness activity, to the way doctors monitor patients' health, to the way we control household appliances, and eventually even to the way we commute (hello, driverless cars). But what does it all mean for us? What are the challenges? Benefits? Expectations? What products exist right now that are already connecting us in a way we've never been connected before? We've curated several interesting SlideShares that will help answer some of these questions! 

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3 Ways Wearables are Reshaping the Supply Chain

September 10, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have noticed that smart innovations are infiltrating virtually every industry thanks to several factors, including the Internet of Things, the Cloud and advanced developments in robotics. We are more seamlessly connected, both with people and objects, than ever before. Wearable technologies like Apple Watch, Fitbit and Google Glass are revolutionizing our daily experiences, and soon drones, self-driving cars and self-piloting planes will be the norm.

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Filed Under: Technology, Supply Chain Management