The Imperializer makes quick work of metric conversions

When you work in a machine shop, you often need to convert numbers from metric to imperial. As long as you have to do this on a regular basis, why not make a tool to do so easily?

Instead of pulling out a phone or taping a calculator to their CNC machinery, NYC CNC came up with an Arduino Nano-based device that does this conversion in style. “The Imperializer” features a beautifully milled enclosure that magnetically sticks onto a machine, a backlit LCD, and a toggle switch to flip between metric and imperial units.

The Imperializer is a desktop or machine mountable device that does one thing: converts inches to millimeters (and millimeters to inches)!  It uses an Arduino Nano and is powered by a Lithium battery that can be recharged with a Micro-B USB cable!

If you’d like to have your own for your shop, the bill of materials and Arduino code can be found on the project page. The housing, and even a fully-assembled version, can be purchased here.

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10 Quick Quotes from the Continuous Engineering Summit

The Continuous Engineering Summit in New Orleans is a wrap! It was exciting community event focused on education and knowledge sharing. And we want to offer many thanks to the more than 400 engineering and technical professionals who joined us at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, in the heart of the French Quarter. Here are the best quotes we heard throughout the three-day conference.

“Watson is good at ‘fast thinking’ and people are good at ‘slow thinking’, but good engineering requires both.”

Michael Crow, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

Michael did a fantastic job of demystifying Watson myths versus reality. Which is to say, he explained what Watson is and isn’t, in black and white terms. You know, like an engineer does. Understanding how Artificial Intelligence works and, more specifically, how it is trained to do a well-defined job properly is key to integrating cognitive sensing and reasoning into the requirements process of systems engineering. Boeing is working with IBM Research to adapt Watson to engineering problems. It is a fresh way to think of how AI can provide augmented intelligence to engineers, where each “brain” plays to its strength and the sum of these parts is greater than the whole. Michael referenced the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman to inform the notion of what AI is good for versus the human brain.

Michael Crow

Michael Crow

“We’ve seen the way Watson and the like are creating connected cars; now we’re looking at connected people.”

Andrew Hendl, Manager, Kaiser Permanente 

Andrew explained how we now see new solutions popping up that sound like science fiction come to life. AI is changing how things talk to each other and provide feedback loops for the people who use them. He asserts that the health care sector is really figuring out how all this is going to work. Few business sectors have more to gain—or lose—from technological developments than health care. When people become better connected and smarter, it will solve some of the biggest health care challenges we face.

Andrew Hendl

Andrew Hendl

“A fighter jet is now almost like a smartphone in that it allows you to install your own apps and use it however you want.”

Johan Gunnarsson, CTO, Combitech AB/Saab

Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is changing the way Saab designs and builds fighter aircraft in shorter time frames and with higher quality. It makes simplification possible when dealing with very complex systems.

Johan Gunnarsson

Johan Gunnarsson

“Digital Twin is a hot new ’emerging terminology space’, but this is a real thing, and modeling is at the heart of it.”

Sky Matthews, CTO and Fellow, IBM Watson IoT

There are many types of interesting data that can give value to the end user’s job. Digital Twin can transform the way engineering is done for design, build and operate phases of product and system lifecycles. IBM believes that a digital twin — the digital representation of a physical thing — needs to be able to reason with cognitive sensing and cognitive computing powered for “augmented intelligence” and the digital thread that runs through it.

Sky Matthews

Sky Matthews

“There are lots of benefits to Digital Twin, but the biggest one is that we’re seen reduced defects downstream.”

– Julie DeMeester, engineering fellow, Raytheon

Given that many of Raytheon’s products often live in “challenging” situations–namely, in potential or active military combat areas—digital twins and threads enable more efficient monitoring and upgrades, and DeMeester (second from left) detailed these during the conference’s opening panel discussion.

Jule DeMeester (second from left)

Jule DeMeester (second from left)

“Are you ready to reinvent the world?”

Chris O’Connor, General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings

The technology industry, and the industries it serves, are largely and rapidly transitioning to entirely different ways of doing business. That’s why Chris stressed that IBM is thinking about where you need to be in four to five years, with a continuous loop around design of connected software-driven things to operational intelligence and insights. A Digital Twin of systems will enable engineering teams and organizations to vastly improve their decision making process.

Chris O'Connor

Chris O’Connor

“If you ask 3 people what the digital twin is, you get 5 answers. If you ask 3 people what the digital thread is, you get 15 answers.”

Marc Lind, SVP Strategy, Aras 

Marc talked about an increasing “context” problem emerging as we undertake connecting things. This is only compounding the complexity of introducing this data into our systems. Aras believes the digital thread represents meaningful relationship connections with context and floating or fixed dependency. He believes we are fast approaching a time where we cannot manage systems complexity without digital twin, and the future without digital twin and digital thread has dangerous ramifications and risks without adding AI.

Marc Lind

Marc Lind

 “NOLA needs an API!”

John Walicki, Developer Advocate, IBM Watson IoT

… And some data science! New Orleans flooded in August of this year. Predictive maintenance and IoT sensors combined with weather data could have helped with planning and coordination with other agencies to prevent major issues. Engineers now have tools that empower this kind of planning and modeling with data science. John showed a step-by-step way in which he thinks New Orleans water management engineers and planners could measure thresholds, pattern mechanical behaviors and track environmental factors. That would allow them to build models for predictive maintenance schedules and proactive decision making. It could be the perfect way to augment the billions invested in equipment, dirt and facilities with intelligence to prepare for the next flood.

John Walicki

John Walicki

 “Some of these requirements documents are treated like their children!”

– Abe Hudson, Prime Contractor, Barrios Technology

The International Space Station (ISS) has been continuously occupied by scientists, astronauts and engineers for over 17 years. Requirements matter … a lot. “Mission critical” is not just a saying. Converting requirement documents from paper and Office file formats to digital models is a process that takes equal parts discipline, ingenuity and culture change to achieve success. Abe and his colleague, Kevin Orr,shared their experience with this monumental transformation task working with the NASA requirements management process for mission and program integration (MAPI) to ensure the ISS has continuous operation and manages different payloads.

Kevin Orr and Abe Hudson

Kevin Orr and Abe Hudson

“Whether you’re in government, automotive, aerospace, or any number of other industries, software is where it’s at.”

Dibbe Edwards, VP Connected Products, IBM Watson IoT 

Building a digital twin is a journey. A journey with a road map and partners. Dibbe Edwards invited all engineers present (and those of you reading this) to join the new IBM Digital Twin beta program. Find out more on this website.

Dibbe Edwards

Dibbe Edwards

Thank you to everyone who joined us in New Orleans! It was a fascinating three days of great thinking, interesting conversations, good music and fantastic food. And if you’re ready to streamline your organization’s operations, we’re ready to help. Visit our site to learn how you can improve productivity with IBM’s Continous Engineering and IoT solutions.

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Blynk App: An Easy and Quick Way to Connect IoT Devices

Blynk App: An Easy and Quick Way to Connect IoT Devices

In this video, the presenter will introduce you to Blynk App which is used for iOS and Android to connect Arduino, Raspberry Pi and similar hardware. He is also showing some examples using the same APP with its application.

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Here’s Your Quick Guide to All Things IoT at IDF16

It’s finally here: Three solid days devoted to the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at San Francisco’s Moscone Center Aug. 16-18. From amazing experiences in virtual reality, 5G, autonomous driving, and IoT (including IoT in space!), IDF16 is sure to be out of this world.

 

Intel Thought Leaders

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

 

If you’ve attended IDF in years past, then you know that Brian Krzanich’s kick-off keynote is designed to expand your imagination for what technology can do. With Krzanich’s keynote “Inventing the Future: The Power of a Smart and Connected World,” prepare to expect the unexpected. Tues., Aug. 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

 

Murthy Renduchintala

On day two, Murthy Renduchintala takes the stage for his inaugural IDF performance. We’ll hear what he has to say about the innovations that will drive the next revolution in technology as we shift to a truly connected world. His keynote, “Interconnectedness of Everything,” debuts Wed., Aug. 17, 9-10:30 a.m.

 

Diane Bryant

Sharing the stage with Murthy is the Diane Bryant speaking on the future of the data center and cloud infrastructure. She speaks on “Data Center: The Center of Possibility,” Wed., Aug. 17, 9-10:30 a.m. Learn more about the IDF keynote line up for 2016.

 

IoT Technical Sessions and Labs

Intel IoT Gateway

I’m excited to say that this year, our presence is bigger and better. From retail, cars, and manufacturing, to lectures, demos and hands-on labs. You’ll even have an opportunity to hear from the architects of the Intel IoT Platform, one of the many highlights from the IoT track of technical sessions. Here are three sessions for each day of IDF16 that caught my attention right away. You can view the full list of more than 140 technical sessions here.

 

Day 1: Tuesday, Aug. 16

 

Day 2: Wednesday, Aug. 17

 

Day 3: Thursday, Aug. 18

 

IoT Demos Galore

IoT Gateway

One of the best places to really experience how IoT is enabling amazing experiences in every facet of our lives is within the IoT Tech Showcase. That’s where you’ll find stories of amazing IoT-specific applications and the developers who are architecting a new and more collaborative world. Here are five demos that caught my eye:

  • The Internet of Things for Space: Learn how engineers are rapidly prototyping new things that can utilize the sensing and communications technologies designed for IoT in space.
  • Manageability in Retail: See how Intel vPro is being used in retail to manage everything form Point of Sale (POS) systems to digital signage.
  • Bolt Bike Demo: Wind River collaborated with Bolt Motorbikes to sponsor a senior project at San Diego State University’s School of Engineering. You’ll be amazed at the result.
  • Aftermarket Fleet Telematics Dongle for Connected Vehicles: Check out the technology behind a high performance edge-to-cloud telematics solution that supports location-based services, driver behavior analytics, engine diagnostics, and video retrieval.
  • Augmented Reality: Delve into the technology that enables an art museum to use authenticated facial recognition to connect visitors to art in imaginative new ways.

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Smarter Cities and Cleaner Air: A Quick Guide to Intel IoT Environmental Monitoring Solutions at IOTSWC

A woman stands under a blue umbrella while walking through one of her favorite smart cities.

IoT represents a tremendous opportunity to shape the future and improve every life on this planet. I have spent close to two decades in Embedded, Mobile and IoT. What is clearly different about the current wave is the understanding that partnerships are fundamental to the delivery of end to end solutions. In my role as GM for IoT New Market Development , this is a recurring theme in the conversations with innovators, partners and customers across the globe who are using Intel technology to drive innovation in smart cities with solutions like connected lighting and environmental monitoring.

One area I’m particularly passionate about is environmental monitoring and that will be a core focus of my time at the upcoming Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) at Fira Barcelona, October 25-27. Environmental monitoring broadly covers air, noise, water and soil monitoring. Within this broader scope, pollution monitoring represents a clear and present challenge and therefore a great opportunity to apply technology.

With the rapid increase in mega-cities and hyper-densification of cities, environmental monitoring has become critical. Audiences are frequently shocked when I cite the World Health Organization study that showed 7 million people die worldwide due to air pollution. Combine this with people impacted by water and soil pollution, deaths due to weather conditions, forest fires and landslides and it’s not difficult to see the profound impact environmental monitoring can have on human life and safety. IoT-based environmental monitoring solutions, that harness the power of connectivity including the upcoming 5G technology, can enable continuous environmental monitoring, timely alerts, and trend.

We’re in an era of transformation as powerful as the Industrial Revolution. Given this level of disruption, players in the Internet of Things are finding they have to experiment, iterate, learn and partner in new ways and via new business models. Join Intel IoT’s Jonathan Ballon as he highlights what is working as IoT becomes real. Oct. 25, 2:30 to 3 p.m., in the Auditorium. Learn more.

On that note, we have a stellar line-up planned for IOTSWC that focuses on how Intel technology enables amazing solutions for a better tomorrow. Here are some of my top picks.

 

Breathe Easy: Hacking Our Way to a Healthier Tomorrow

People living in smart cities breathe easy after hacking their way to a healthier tomorrow.

Intel will co-sponsor a Hackathon where participants will develop creative and innovative industrial solutions that will have a social application in areas like energy conservation, wellness, and air quality through IoT monitoring, control and management using the Intel IoT Commercial IoT Developer Kit. I can’t wait to see what the developers will come up with, we will feature the top three winning solutions in the Intel IoT booth! Join me for the hackathon Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Hall 2.

Register here for the hackathon.

 

Fresh Perspectives: IoT-Based Environmental Monitoring

A man points to a yellow blob on a screen, showing that according to the data, dwellers of smart cities prefer local, fresh creamery butter.

An effective IoT-based environmental monitoring solution can provide effective means for industrial compliance, and drive citizen awareness to better manage pollution. It can provide timely alerts, coupled with trend and predictive analytics to improve emergency response to weather conditions and natural disasters, saving lives.

I’ll be moderating a discussion on this topic, focusing on the partnerships, market segment opportunities and how IoT and 4G/5G connectivity will address the need of continuous monitoring of our environment in a cost effective manner for both trend analysis and predictive analytics.

Join me alongside a diverse panel — Karl Bream, VP and Head of IoT Strategy for Nokia; Keith Shea, VP of Alliances and Business Development for Wind River; Libby Wayman, Global Director of Innovation Ecomagination for GE; and Teppo T Rantanen, Executive Director, Head of Innovation and IoT for the City of Tampere.  Join us Oct. 26, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., room 4.

 

Growing Together: Intel IoT Ecosystem Showcase
This is a picture of small orange flowers used in an Intel IoT greenhouse demonstration.

The Intel IoT Showcase will be a great way to learn about IoT-specific applications and the developers who are architecting a new and more collaborative world.

One demo I’m particularly looking forward to having in our booth is an air quality management solution using Intel IoT technology (Booth #C301). Visitors will be able to experience an Intel IoT Platform solution that measures and communicates air quality information, enabling more intelligent decisions around global issues of air pollution.

Beyond its revolutionary impact in business and industries, IoT has enormous potential to respond to critical problems in modern day societies. Technology is a valuable tool and we are proud of the partnerships we have within the Intel IoT ecosystem that are enabling us to bring solutions to market that improve the human condition.

To learn more about IOTSWC click here. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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