Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more popularly known as drones, are probably one of the most multipurpose innovations the world has ever seen. Originally developed for military use, drones were rarely applied to other purposes in the past. Today, however, consumer, enterprise, and civil government UAVs vastly outnumber military ones. Civil drone production is forecast to total $73.5 billion worldwide in the next decade, soaring from $2.8 billion in 2017 to $11.8 billion in 2026, with commercial use being the fastest growing civil segment. Continue reading
Did you wake up one morning with a great aspiration to help the world by designing a revolutionary medical device? Or are you in charge of a multibillion-dollar corporation with hundreds of medical devices on the market under your belt? Or perhaps somewhere in between? No matter what kind of company you run or what type of device you are manufacturing, software development will be a major part of your venture. Like it or not, devices that are not controlled by some kind of software are a thing of the past.
The growing interest in software development nearshoring directs closer attention to nearshore embedded R&D labs and raises several questions. What are these labs for and how do they function? How can you entrust your equipment and critical business tasks to a remote engineering team? In addition, why are more and more embedded devices owners and manufacturers in the mature technological markets choosing to nearshore their R&D activities? Continue reading
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to revolutionize the way the world works. Just think of intelligent homes, connected vehicles, smart traffic control, and telemedicine! Many IoT applications are still years of technology improvements away, but the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implemented in today’s factories is something early adopters can benefit from right now. The IIoT in manufacturing has the potential to generate so much business value that it will eventually lead to the fourth industrial revolution, already named Industry 4.0. Continue reading
When a product reaches the end-of-life phase of its lifecycle, inventing a completely new product is often not an option. Imagine that you produce a smart and complex medical device certified by regulatory agencies, connected to peripheral medical equipment, and used by thousands of patients in hundreds of hospitals nationwide. Your product has been commercially available on the market for a long time. However, the day comes when its components become outdated and unsupported, and an urgent decision has to be made on how to recover the product value. Continue reading