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IoT musical toothbrush to get the whole family brushing

Published 22 September 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: iot, product design, kickstarter, product development, startups, start-up, bleepbleeps, paved with gold

Benjamin Brush is the latest in the BleepBleeps line of cute connected devices that make parenting easier

In most instances, kids and toothbrushes are not friends. But London start-up BleepBleeps has a solution in the form of a smart electric toothbrush that will play a chosen tune from its integrated music store for the two minutes of scheduled brushing time.

The toothbrush, which recently launched on Kickstarter, comes with one base unit and two interchangeable brush heads - the pom-pom brush head with its omnidirectional silicone bristles for toddlers and the big brush head for older kids and adults.

The supporting app keeps track of how long and how often users brush for. Everyone gets points so users can playfully compete with family and friends, or parents can reward children for good brushing.

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The Future Metrology Hub aims to play a crucial role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Published 22 September 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: university, research, renishaw, metrology, measurement, epsrc

The director of the Future Metrology Hub is Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, a Professor of Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield

The Future Metrology Hub, which has received £40 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry, recently launched at the University of Huddersfield.

At the launch event, the Hub’s Director, Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, said that metrology is critical to modern manufacturing and pledged that the technology she and her colleagues develop in the lab – such as sensors and artificial intelligence control systems – would be geared up for use in the real world of industry.

She stressed the need for inter-disciplinary collaboration across a wide range of sectors. “That is what the Hub is all about,” she said and added that its goal was a transformation in UK manufacturing performance.

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LimitState:Form v3.1 adds plugin to Ansys Discovery Live real-time simulation

Published 21 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, manufacturing, ansys, limitstate

LimitState:Form can also be used as a plugin to Ansys Discovery Live

In the upcoming release of its design optimisation tool, LimitState is targeting the time and effort needed to design strong and light truss forms for components and structures.

Version 3.1 of LimitState:Form includes a number of new features and enhancements including the ability to specify in advance the desired simplicity of an optimised component form, for example, the target maximum number of members meeting at a joint.

Additionally, new algorithms mean that users can now much more freely interact with an initially optimised component, adding and/or removing members to customise their design as necessary.

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Know an engineer (male or female) promoting diversity? Nominate them for a WES award

Published 20 September 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: awards, women in engineering, wes, women in science and engineering, men as allies, amy johnson, women’s engineering society

Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a famous English aviator and former WES President, and the first woman pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia

There is still an opportunity to put your nominations forward for two upcoming awards organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), which closes on Friday 22 September 2017.

Both the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award and Men as Allies Award are seeking entries for individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ their work remit or role to improve diversity within engineering.

The winners will be presented their award at the WES Caroline Haslett Prestige Lecture in London on 5 October 2017.

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