Want to know the top 15 stories on EPDT in the first half of 2019?

Author : Mark Gradwell | Editor | EPDT

01 August 2019

Top 15 stories on EPDT 1H 2019
Top 15 stories on EPDT 1H 2019

Now we're firmly into the second half of 2019, we thought it would be interesting to look back at the most popular stories – as decided by the readers – on EPDT’s website and in its newsletter during the first half of the year...

So, we’ve totted up the most clicked and read stories from the EPDT website & newsletter during the first half of 2019 – and now, we feature the top 15 for EPDT readers to review and revisit in this post.

The list features an inspiring array of technology and topics, covering everything from no-charge smartwatches & smart locks to liquid repellent nanotechnology & Arduino Inventor's kits, as well as CES trends, British engineering achievements & engineering wonders of the world.

Review the list and you’re sure 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!

So, without further ado, here’s the list (with links to each story):

1. No-charge smartwatch features u-blox GNSS & TransSiP PI technology under the hood
Powered by just sunlight & body heat, the PowerWatch 2 from Matrix Industries is the first location tracking smartwatch you never need to charge.

2. Editor’s comment: New beginnings...
As we enter 2019, there are new beginnings too here at EPDT – but we remain dedicated to finding and delivering the best electronics design, manufacturing & test stories for you!

3. Editor's comment: UK manufacturing & electronics in rude health...
Along with many of you, I recently visited Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 in Farnborough, the first major exhibition of the year in the sector's trade show calendar. The show was refreshingly big, busy and buzzy – with exhibitors encouragingly and overwhelmingly positive and upbeat about the show, the industry and their business. Bravo, Southern – and UK manufacturing!

4. GSMA wraps up another successful Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), the world's largest mobile communications event, brings together the latest innovations & leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.

5. Industry’s highest levels of liquid protection via P2i Dunkable liquid repellent nanotechnology
P2i’s Dunkable provides the industry’s most advanced hydrophobic technology and highest levels of liquid protection for smartphones & consumer electronics – protecting all components, even when water enters the handset or device.

6. Next generation Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 turns your smartphone into a smart key
Award-winning next generation smart lock retrofits over existing locks and introduces a range of new features, including Apple HomeKit & Zigbee compatibility.

7. 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.

8. British engineering celebrated with Royal Mail stamps
Celebrating the best of British engineering over the last 50 years, Royal Mail has released a new set of 10 special stamps, featuring 3 previous winners of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award – which marks its 50th anniversary in 2019.

9. There can be only one? 5G vs Wi-Fi 6
With each new cellular standard, we see fresh claims for the “end of Wi-Fi”. When 3G was announced, it promised to make Wi-Fi (802.11b) redundant, which clearly turned out to be wrong. With 4G (LTE), this story repeated itself, claiming it would put Wi-Fi (802.11ac) in the bin.

10. State of the nation for electronic components...
At the end of each year, members of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) collaborate to produce its annual forecast for the coming 12 months.

11. 99% of manufacturers preparing for growth despite challenging market conditions, reveals research
Majority of UK manufacturers say regulatory change is impacting business, but are responding by investing in new technologies & 'Brand Britain'.

12. 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.

13. CES 2019: AI, 5G & connected mobility will transform the future
At CES 2019, more than 4,500 exhibitors showcased the latest tech innovations to some 180,000 attendees across almost 3 million square feet of exhibit space in Las Vegas. From global brands to visionary startups, these companies set the world abuzz with the promise of technology.

14. British public proud of UK engineering innovation achievements, according to poll
A recent YouGov opinion poll commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering indicates that a high proportion (88%) of the British public are proud of the UK’s engineering achievements.

15. STEM Matters: NMiTE – Britain’s first dedicated engineering university...
NMiTE (New Model in Technology & Engineering), first in a new wave of ‘challenger’ universities following government changes designed to shake up the sector, was inaugurated last year.

You can also review the:

•    Top 12 stories in July 2019...
•    Top 13 stories in June 2019...
•    Top 14 stories in May 2019...
•    Top 15 stories in April 2019...
•    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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