engineering

Aiding the elderly: The IBM Watson Cube

Written by Jen Clark | July 12, 2017 | Health and medicine

Students from Imperial College, London have teamed up with the IBM Hursley Innovation Centre to create a device to assist the elderly at home. It goes by the name ‘The IBM Watson Cube’ and looks a bit like an antique wooden mini TV set, small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. Appearances can be deceiving, however, ...read more


Build your own GlowOrb, so you’ll always know when to open a window

Written by Dr Lucy Rogers | July 12, 2017 | Blog

Visual alerts show when the carbon dioxide levels are getting high in meeting rooms at IBM’s IoT HQ in Munich. They use the building’s carbon dioxide sensors combined with GlowOrbs, designed and made by IBM’s Andy Stanford-Clark, to highlight when it is time to open a window. I decided to make an “at home” version. ...read more


Navigating engineering complexities with the Industrial Internet of Things

Written by Steve Shoaf | March 14, 2017 | Manufacturing

I’ve heard that purchasing an extended warranty might be a waste of money. True? Well, on the one hand, it’s a good deal. Today’s products have more embedded software, delivering more functionality, driving complexity skyward. A single software bug could shut down your car, or HVAC system, or refrigerator. And the number of components and ...read more


IBM and Vodafone join forces to improve Mobile Asset Optimization

Written by Chris O'Connor | February 15, 2017 | Asset Management

The Internet of Things is having a major effect on delivery logistics through tracking and predicting asset movement throughout the supply chain, reducing loss, theft and replacement costs. Today’s asset-intensive organizations must constantly track, assess and manage the reliability of a wide range of physical, technological and human assets. These organizations must manage both inventory ...read more


A framework for Industry 4.0

Written by Scott Stockwell | February 10, 2017 | Blog, Factories, Manufacturing

We’re surrounded by more and more connected devices we’re calling the Internet of Things. We can turn our heating on from our phones on the commute home. Pegs can tell us when to bring the washing in so it doesn’t get wet. Cars know the hazards  ahead and warn us before we get there so ...read more


From prescriptive engineering to cognitive engineering

Written by Steve Shoaf | January 25, 2017 | Blog, Continuous Engineering, Systems Engineering

My last blog post on prescriptive engineering describes a view that is admittedly aspirational, but having been recently inspired by work done by IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), I’m ready to move even further “out there”. The IBM IBV report I reference describes the stages of evolution of IoT with corresponding levels of device ...read more


Engineering for business outcomes

Written by Steve Shoaf | November 18, 2016 | Blog

I’m at the PI Congress PLM event in Orange County, CA, mixing with some of thought leaders in the areas of product design and development. Of course, IoT is a big topic of discussion as people speculate, advise, predict and guess at how increasingly rapid technological changes will impact engineering and product development as most ...read more


The open world of IoT: opportunities and challenges for engineers

Written by Will Reilly | November 16, 2016 | Blog

On Tuesday, 15 November morning 400 clients, partners and IBMers climbed aboard The Queen Mary, moored in Long Beach, California, to begin three days of discussion, debate and demonstration of how the Internet of Things is shaking up the product design and engineering profession. The attendees were joining The IBM Continuous Engineering for the Internet ...read more


Is model based engineering suitable for the ‘Internet of Things’?

Written by Sayyidul Arafat | July 5, 2016 | Blog

Ever since I heard of ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ and how it is going to revolutionize everything in the world by connecting human and non-human ‘things’ to enhance efficiency, ease and consumer experience; I was beginning to doubt if current technologies and tools to develop products could cope up with it. I began to investigate ...read more


Farewell to the ‘5 Whys’

Written by Scott Stockwell | June 3, 2016 | Article, Blog

On Valentine’s Day 1867 a poor carpenter and his wife welcomed Sakichi to the Toyada family, little knowing he was to become the father of Japan’s industrial revolution. Amongst his many inventions, Toyoda started the Toyota Industries company and created a concept he called the ‘5 Whys’. The 5 Whys identifies a problem’s root cause ...read more