One of the problems with advances in technology is a pretty basic one. Everything wants a power cord or USB attachment of its very own, and usually these cords don’t play well together. Borrowing a phrase from Douglas Adams, I call this the “Dongly Things” syndrome.
If you have more than two tech devices, you undoubtedly have a box or drawer full of assorted wires, cables and plugs. All these Dongly Things seem to generate new Dongly Things when you aren’t looking. I’ve often wished manufacturers would get together to reduce the amount of stuff I have to account for.
At Engineering on the Edge, we are accustomed to looking far into the future, but for this post, we decided to look into some news that could affect future technologies. The acceptance of current technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, can have a dramatic impact on technologies of tomorrow that build on what companies are producing today. With headlines trumpeting the potential for battery fires in GM’s Chevy Volts, the company has announced engineering changes to the structure around the battery pack as well as the addition of a sensor to observe battery coolant levels. Continue reading