INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

[12/25/17 - 12/29/17] Welcome to Industrial Evolution, Plethora’s weekly newsletter on technology and manufacturing. If you’re building something cool and need parts for it, we can help you make them.

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TOOLS & MATERIALS


🏎 An interesting study on the
current state of automotive technology (thank you Rielly Brennan), and some possibilities for its future.


🌱 Scientists from NTU Singapore and CMU have developed a way to
mimic organic growth in hydrogel.


📐 Product designer Cory Grossman gave an excellent talk at the Hackaday Superconference on the power of
emotional design.


🍽 The
first practical dishwasher was patented on December 28th, 1886 by Josephine Garis Cochrane, who went on to found KitchenAid.


MANUFACTURING


🤝 As baby boomers leave the workforce and millennials begin to
take their place, the manufacturing industry is shifting.


🏭 Take a look inside the
Shenzhen factory where Sonoff IoT devices are made.


🍵 Make it so: the promise and peril of
nanofabricators.


👞 Vivian Saskia Wittmer, a cobbler in Florence, Italy, explains
how to make a shoe.


☕️ A close look at the innards of
Smit’s Moccamaster coffee maker.


AUTOMATION


📊 Robots could worsen the
gender pay gap by automating more women’s jobs than men’s.


🇸🇪 While many Americans are anxious about the future impacts of automation,
our Swedish counterparts are looking forward to it.


🚗 Companies developing autonomous vehicles currently use a range of different technologies, but
fragmentation in self-driving cars will eventually be a problem.


💸 Self-driving cars’ low cost-per-mile relative to that of vehicle ownership could
help the underprivileged better afford transportation. (from Benedict’s Newsletter)


ROBOTICS


🏠 Zenplace, a San Francisco real estate startup, is using
3-foot-tall robots to give home tours to prospective clients.


🐝 Meet the
Insectothopter, the CIA’s 1-gram dragonfly robot from the 19070s.


📸 The winners of the 4th annual
International Drone Photography Contest have been announced.


😍 You don’t need a PhD to grasp the anxieties around
sex robots - just turn on your TV.


💉 Alice Lloyd George did an excellent interview with Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of Zipline, whose drones now deliver
20% of the national blood supply in Rwanda.


ELECTRONICS


💠 An international team of researchers has stumbled across a new kind o quantum material: a
Weyl-Kondo semimetal.


🔲 KAUST researchers have developed a Lego-like
building block assembly method for integrated circuits.


🕶 Yahya Tawil wrote an in-depth report on making, detecting, and avoiding
counterfeit parts.


🐈 A sweet end-of-year compilation from IEEE Spectrum:
Animals vs Electronics.


📺 Check out this neat
1950s television factory tour.


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See you all next week!

- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban

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