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One of the first dedicated 3D Printer Manufacturers to establish themselves in Spain, Tumaker has found rapid success on the B2B market. Now,Jon Bengoetxea hopes to help bring 3D printing to the masses, with a new range of consumer-focused devices that allow virtually anyone to get to grips with additive manufacturing - regardless of previous experience or technical know-how.   We spoke to Bengoetxea as he was preparing to showcase Voladd - the first model in Tumaker's planned consumer 3D ...
As a frequent contributor to the element14 community, Enrico Miglino (aka balearicdynamics ) understands the benefits of providing a public platform when developing a new tech project. That’s why open-sourcing has been placed at the heart of his latest initiative with business partner Raffaello Palandri. PONF aims to be the world’s first Multiback Open Camera, uniting analogue and digital in a single intelligent model.   The project is a labour of love for Miglino and Palandri ...
  When Morten Revill checks on his children at night, he often finds them asleep with their ever-present Smartphones and iPads still charging next to them. Like any good parent, he wanted to be sure that there were no health and safety risks associated with this, so he conducted some research into the potential dangers of leaving electronic devices plugged in overnight.   His findings alerted him to the risk of mobile phones and laptops overheating, and in some cases even catching fi ...
Norway-based tech start-up Futurehome has developed an innovative Smart Home system which allows the user to control, automate and monitor their household appliances remotely via a simple, user-friendly app.   In July 2016 Futurehome announced a strategic partnership with element14 and our subsidiary companies Embest and Avid Technologies. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength. We caught up with Business Development Manager EnikÅ‘ Weisz to find out what they’ve bee ...
For almost twenty years, Sydney-based developers BitScope have been carving out a unique niche in the crowded test & measurement and data acquisition markets with their innovative, multi-platform products.   Their most recent release is the BitScope Blade series; a family of expandable industrial computing platforms designed to mount and power Raspberry Pi devices for the creation of robust, scalable and reliable platforms for the industrial employment of computing systems.   The ...
Think Engineer is a team of product development specialists who produce bespoke electronics and software, providing clients with fully functional, high-tech prototypes. In 2016 they made the leap from client work to developing their own projects with the launch of CapHat - a Raspberry Pi capacitive keypad HAT accessory. They recently concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign, securing over £3,000 from backers to support further manufacturing and development of the product.   We spo ...
Any experienced business leader will tell you that it takes more than a great product to succeed on the market. This is particularly true in the case of startups, who are often starting from scratch when it comes to catching the attention of investors and future customers.   In our recent series of case studies, we spoke to a number of startups that had run successful crowd funding campaigns via platforms such as Kickstarter. When asked why their campaigns had succeeded where the vast maj ...
For many entrepreneurs, launching a new business venture represents an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and make a new start - potentially even in a brand new city or country. Deciding on the location of your base of operations can be one of the most important decisions you make, and many of Europe's major cities have invested heavily in attracting startup capital in recent years.   Here are five of the best European cities for starting a business in 2017.   Amsterdam When Amste ...
The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is an annual highlight in the technology calendar, in which thousands of manufacturers, developers and consumer technology suppliers showcase their latest innovations for an audience of over 165,000 attending business leaders, investors and journalists. Taking place between 5-8 January, this year's event provided plentiful insight into potential trends for 2017, with a strong focus on digital interactivity and the continued rise of IoT. &# ...
From 3D printing to the Internet of Things, 2016 saw several exciting tech and engineering innovations take major strides towards entering the mainstream. 2017 looks likely to be equally exciting for the industry, with a number of potentially groundbreaking applications on the verge of leaving the ideas stage and becoming a reality. Here are a selection of breakthroughs that industry insiders are tipping for big things in the next twelve months.   Driverless Cars The idea of driverless c ...
  Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. Without sufficient capital, it's almost impossible for any enterprise to survive, let alone progress. For startups in the process of developing their products and taking them onto the market, the money required to keep moving forwards often has to come from investment and crowd funding. The tech space is filled with stories of entrepreneurial startups who achieved major funding goals in a matter of weeks. However, this is not the reality for th ...
The Internet of Things has been hailed as a game changing innovation within technology and manufacturing, with some even hailing IoT as standing at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. However, if there's one current limitation to IoT, it's the fact that we still live in a world where many of the devices we use on a daily basis are offline.   One approach to overcoming this is currently being pioneered by Chirp, whose work with data-over-audio technologies allows devices to t ...
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 ...