Newsletter 17

Keep Learning

In an age of ever-developing technology and continuous competition, we need to keep learning. Sometimes we can learn by surrounding ourselves and working with talented people. Sometimes we learn from bad ideas (or just overly complicated ones). Sometimes we can even learn from 4-year-olds. Happy reading.

What Can Engineers Learn from 4-Year-Olds?

Due to generational partiality we may not always appreciate the viewpoint of those who are younger. Research shows, though, that 4-year-olds may be better at some things. “The lesson is to be mindful of pre-existing biases that may prevent us from finding the solution to a problem.”

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Design News, September 2014

Researchers Remove Ticking from Mechanical Watches with IsoSpring Oscillator

Researchers are taking a new approach to an old problem – keeping a watch ticking. Unfortunately the prototype watch has a mass of 4 kg so the technology is still at a proof-of-concept stage. How big was the first iWatch?

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Crazy Engineers, September 2014

Making Innovation

Making Innovation

“Advanced manufacturers thrive best in an ecosystem of suppliers and experienced talent.” Strong relationships and shared knowledge have helped Apple create wildly successful products. Apple’s investors appreciate their asset-light structure and relatively small workforce.

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MIT Technology Review, September 2014

7 Unbelievable Rube Goldberg Machines

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”
– Isaac Newton
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius
Still, who doesn’t love a Rube Goldberg machine?

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