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  • A Cautionary Tale

    Listen to A Cautionary Tale Peggy shares a cautionary tale and gives advice on how to best position our companies for the future of work. She says we can no longer do things the way we have always done them—we must consider new processes and innovations. She also discusses: If industrial manufacturing is up or down. The steps we need…

  • AI and Structural Engineering

    Listen to AI and Structural Engineering Peggy Smedley and Tony Yang, professor of structural engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, talk about structural and earthquake engineering. He shares a little bit about himself and his research to ensure infrastructure can be built faster, have higher performance, and is more environmentally friendly. They also discuss: The types of advances we…

  • ERP Ahead

    Listen to ERP Ahead Peggy Smedley and John Rosch, North American sales manager, Explorer Software, talk about the company and the Eclipse application. He says Eclipse is a construction accounting and project management ERP (enterprise-resource planning) solution for mid-sized contractors. They also discuss: Key features of the technology. What the development team is currently working on. The impact of…

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We all know cardboard has the potential to be dangerous to our environment, as it releases methane as it decomposes, contributing ultimately to global warming. At least that’s been the concern with so many deliveries and boxes ending up in landfills. The good news in this discussion is that many also know cardboard boxes can be recycled, with an impressive 96.5% rate of recycling. Enter PACT (Packaging and Crafting Technologies), which has developed a specially designed, corrugated crate. The company’s patented process consists of cross-core lamination with triple-wall, double-wall, or fiber board to produce a superior corrugated container. In addition to the strength and durability, bins offer a variety of sizes that can safely transport anything from fine art and glass to motorcycles and furniture. Here is how this can help: Protect merchandise in the event of a tip over. Eliminate dust throughout the supply chain. Reduced shipping weight and pollution caused by transportation. Additionally, it can also help with the constricted labor market. With companies looking to do more with less manpower, the corrugated crate’s fold-out process mitigates labor-intensive crate construction. Looking to the future, we will continue to see new uses for cardboard. There are many exciting advances focused on improving our world and this is simply one example. There will be new opportunities for better efficiency in the…

We all know robots have long been used in many industries to create efficiencies in production. Now, we are seeing robots come to the rescue to reduce children’s stress before surgery, which could help aid six out of every 10 young patients who must undergo surgery suffering from stress before they receive anesthesia. Consider the example of an affective computing and social robot from a project at the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). The small vehicle is equipped with AI (artificial intelligence) and sensors that can pick up signals about the child’s emotional state and react accordingly. Here is how this can help: Change color, make music, create smalls, and talk and interact with the children. Capture facial expressions, heart rate, and breathing patterns. Adapt to how the child is feeling by changing music, colors, or smells. The prototype was manufactured by the Hyundai car company in South Korea, and sent to Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital, where it was tested with 86 children between 3 and 9 years old who had to undergo a procedure between December 2020 and May 2023. Ultimately, this research will provide information about the potential and challenges involved in integrating affective technologies in pediatric hospital environments. The next step is to manufacture a new prototype, applying all the conclusions drawn from the pilot to conduct a clinical trial. However, the project is currently on hold due to a lack of…

Spring has sprung and sports are in full swing for many. New technologies—such as AR (augmented reality)—can help sports companies maintain fan engagement while intensifying media competition. Let’s explore how this market will evolve with the rise of AR. GlobalData forecasts the overall AR market will grow at a rate of 21% from $22 billion in 2022 to $100 billion in 2030. The report suggests fan experiences will offer the most lucrative and accessible opportunities for AR integration. Here is how this can help: Provide more engagement and analysis of events in broadcasting. Provide technology to help players—for example a 5G AR helmet for deaf American football players. Provide stadium-based AR mobile experiences to enhance live viewing. Looking to the future, we will continue to see the proliferation of both AR and 5G, which will ultimately lead to more widespread adoption in sports—everywhere from on the field, to in the stadium, to at-home viewing. The result will be greater opportunities for both players and fans…

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