Top 15 stories on EPDT in April 2019...

Author : Mark Gradwell | Editor | EPDT

01 May 2019

Top 15 stories on EPDT in April 2019...
Top 15 stories on EPDT in April 2019...

As May begins, we've reviewed the most popular stories – as decided by our readers – across EPDT’s website & newsletter during the last month...

So, we’ve totted up the most clicked and read stories from the EPDT website and newsletter during April 2019 – and now, we feature the top 15 for EPDT readers to review and revisit in this post (and spread across May's first two newsletters).

The list features an inspiring array of technology and topics – including Arduino Inventors' Kits, headphones with an AI-powered 'sense of hearing', research on the UK's pole position in the global self-driving car race, electric conversion kits for iconic Italian scooters and yet more Brexit commentary.

Review the list and you’re certain to find something of interest and/or use – and we aim to ensure that 2019 continues to deliver the same diverse and engaging mix of valuable, relevant content for you!

Here’s the list (with links to each story):

1. Arduino Inventor’s Kit to help develop coding skills
Following its successful Inventor’s Kit for the BBC micro:bit, Kitronik has developed an Arduino Inventor’s Kit to help take coding skills to the next level.

2. UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race, say SMMT and Frost & Sullivan – if Brexit roadblock removed
The UK is the world’s number one location for mass-market potential of connected & autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with £62bn annual economic opportunity by 2030, plus huge associated safety & lifesyle benefits, finds new report from SMMT and Frost & Sullivan.

3. Are these the 7 engineering wonders of the modern world?...
The Royal Academy of Engineering's This is Engineering campaign worked with young engineers to compile a list of modern engineering wonders, as research reveals misconceptions about the profession could be preventing young people finding their dream career.

4. Headphones gain AI-powered 'sense of hearing' via new Audio Analytic patent
A newly granted patent from Audio Analytic, a leading provider of sound recognition software, aims to bring an artificial intelligence (AI) powered 'sense of hearing' to headphones, earphones & earbuds.

5. Electric conversion kit aims to save iconic Italian scooters forced off London roads by ULEZ
The introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London threatens the future of many perfectly serviceable vehicles. Thousands of vintage Vespa & Lambretta scooters could be saved from the scrap heap by being fitted with a custom-designed electric hub motor kit, developed by East London specialists, Retrospective Scooters.

6. Two new Arduino connectivity boards for IoT applications
Arduino has launched two new wireless connectivity boards to help streamline Internet of Things (IoT) development.

7. New eBook explores tips for executing complex PCB designs
Help ensure your printed circuit board (PCB) design works first time with tips from The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Executing Complex PCBs.

8. Industry calls on Government to avoid repeating Apprenticeship Levy errors over introduction of T Levels, says Make UK
Make UK survey warns that lack of awareness of prosposed new T Levels in industry threatens roll out, engagement, buy-in – and ultimately, success.

9. Emulating satellite signals for a full-scale connected vehicle simulator for v2x & CAV test
WMG, an academic department at University of Warwick providing applied research, education & knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing & technology, needed to develop a connected vehicle simulator environment to test & characterise new technology (infrastructure, communications or on-vehicle systems) in real-world conditions, with a driver in-the-loop.

10. Make UK write to PM proposing Brexit solution: revoke Article 50 if deal can't be agreed this week
Make UK's CEO, Stephen Phipson has written to both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition calling for Article 50 to be revoked if the government cannot agree a deal to pass in Parliament this week.

11. Top 20 most annoying tech problems
Survey reveals that Brits are destroying their gadgets in frustration, falling out with their partners and losing working hours as a result of tech problems.

12. "Avoid no deal catastrophe" warn Ceemet & Make UK, calling on EU27 to work with UK
Industry groups representing manufacturing companies across Europe have today written to EU27 leaders pressing them to work with the UK Government to avoid a catastrophic no deal Brexit – and the economic damage it would bring to British firms, as well as businesses & workers throughout the EU.

13. Marine electronics – and why they go wrong
Water is easy to keep out of things – seals & plastics are excellent barriers. However, water vapour can permeate through those same plastics & barriers almost as if they were not there – and in large volumes. Once inside, it condenses, causing problems – and is then kept in precisely the wrong place by the very same seals & plastics designed to keep it out!

14. Arrow & We Care Solar co-operate on award-winning solar suitcase for maternity care in developing countries
Joint development of innovative solar-powered systems designed to meet essential maternity care needs in developing countries wins 2019 Edison Gold Award.

15. Editor's comment: Keep the drumbeat…
There have been a proliferation of recent events, initiatives & rallying calls for those of us working in, or passionate about, STEM & manufacturing. Coming off the back of 2018’s Year of Engineering campaign, I’m happy to see this momentum continue. I believe that keeping the drumbeat going is vital to tackling the ongoing skills crisis in STEM – especially as uncertainty persists around Brexit and our ability to attract talent from around Europe…

You can also review the:

•    Top 13 stories in March 2019...
•    Top 10 stories in February 2019...
•    Top 10 stories in January 2019...

•    Top 12 stories on EPDT in 2018...

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