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For many engineers, a big part of the creative process involves taking inspiration from the world around them. If you also happen to be a parent, you're lucky enough to have access to one of the most inspiring resources of all - the next generation. The five innovations featured in this blog are all parents whose projects started as a problem-solving exercise involving their children. From tools and games to safety equipment, they're proof that sometimes the best ideas really do come out of the ...
Engineering has a complicated relationship with the environment. By-products of manufacturing such as carbon fuel emissions and deforestation may have made an unfortunate contribution to many of the problems our planet is currently facing, but it's also engineers and innovators who are making some of the most significant strides towards addressing those problems.   Here are three important ways in which engineers are leading the way in terms of making our planet healthier and more sustain ...
Manufacturing technology is an ever-evolving discipline that changes rapidly from year to year, as new innovations help to make the industry safer, more advanced and more efficient. Here are just a few examples of the technologies that made a mark on the manufacturing industry in 2016, with continued growth projected in the coming years...   Augmented and virtual reality The International Data Corporation predicts that by 2020, manufacturers will reduce service labor costs by up to one-thir ...
Have you ever had an idea for a project but hesitated to move forward for fear it was a bit too out-there? Many projects do fail because they're either too ambitious or too niche, but without engineers pursuing these ideas, many of the most important and unique inventions in the world today might have remained only pipe dreams.    The engineers below chose to make the impossible possible and turned their crazy ideas into reality - an important reminder to anyone with a seemingly impr ...
  When The Things Network co-founder Wienke Giezeman was introduced to an early version of the LoRaWAN gateway at a Hackerspace event in 2015, it gave him an idea. If LoRaWAN technology was capable of connecting thousands of devices within a 10 kilometre range at a relatively low price point, surely it would only take a handful of devices to create an open transmission network that could provide cover for an entire city?   Within a year, this spark of inspiration has kick-started a g ...