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These were the weirdest stories last year
You've heard about the “weird part of the internet” – well, here is that weird part of the electronics industry. These are the stories that raised a few eyebrows in the office during 2015.
While the list could be longer, we've decided to go with a simple top three concept. Number one; Celestial phenomenon was – yes - the Microwave oven This story ended up on the list for two reasons, one; the simplicity of the issue, two; the shear amount of time it took to figure it out. After 17 years of head scratching the question mark behind the “weird signals” that the Parkes radio telescope was picking up was straighten out to an exclamation mark. No, ET was not trying to call to check up on Elliott, it was simply the microwave oven. Number two; Dirty energy just got a whole lot dirtier I'm not really sure if I need to explain why this article ended up on this list, but I'll do it anyway. Green and clean energy is a very hot topic, and has been for a while. And when a porn company puts its two cents into the mix with an electronic gadget which generates power when the user, well... No, you'll have to settle for that explenation. Number three; No sexy-talk with Pepper Pepper is a robot, designed with the ability to read emotions. The robot is not a functional for domestic use – instead, Pepper is intended "to make people happy". However, to make people happy does not mean that Pepper is a robotic sexslave. And I don't really want to know why the developing company had to include the sentence; “The policy owner must not perform any sexual act or other indecent behaviour.” in its user agreement. While making this list we did find some other stories worth mentioning, although they did not really fit the "weird" category. Nevertheless, here are our honourable mentions. Most useless gadget – Jibo does the same as your phone - but as a robot The kid who silenced an entire industry – 14 year-old hacks car using $15 worth of equipment The most heart-warming story of the year – Nerd Alarm: The future is already here - Lace up
HZO unveils larger HQ in North Carolina HZO, known for protective nano coatings designed to help electronics withstand corrosive liquid environments, held an open house at its new headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina this week.
Luminator Technology relocates some production to Texas Luminator Technology Group has relocated production of its Apollo Video Technology RoadRunner mobile video security solutions to Luminator’s headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Kurtz Ersa invests heavily in development to stay on top With more than 30 percent of its employees involved in research and development, the company is making sure that it is able to respond to its customers needs at all times.
BMW's new battery cell centre to handle everything from material to prototyping The BMW Group is looking fortify its position in the world of electric mobility and has pooled its many years of experience with battery cells and extensive knowledge in the field in a new Competence Centre.
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Cicor selected as production partner for drug delivery system Cicor announces that it has won a major new customer in the medical technology sector, one of the company's strategic target markets.
Keysight, FormFactor and CompoundTek to collaborate Keysight, FormFactor and CompoundTek, have formed a joint plan to provide an advanced photonics on-wafer testing solution to include automated alignment, simultaneous optical-optical and optical-electrical device tests.
Wireless Telecom buys Holzworth Instrumentation Wireless Telecom Group Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Holzworth Instrumentation Inc., a Boulder, Colorado-based provider of specialty phase noise analyzers and signal generators.
NCAB Group acquires Altus-PCB in USA Altus-PCB is a full-service supplier of PCBs based in New Jersey, USA, that has a business model similar to NCAB’s. Tee US company has a high level of technical expertise and sells mainly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Sponsored content by Z ElektronikaZ Elektronika opens new factory in Pécs To keep up with rapid growth of the company, on the 13th September Z Elektronika celebrated the grand opening of its new electronic design and manufacturing facility close to the highway in Pécs, Hungary, which adds new features and production site to its nearby location.
Mycronic's Thomas Stetter looks back at a successful year As the company is moving more and more towards becoming a full solutions provider, business is taking off and the numbers show very much confirms that the Mycronic's strategy is working.
IBL Löttechnik reviews 2019 IBL Löttechnik GmbH is staying on top of the market thanks to continues R&D investments.
Second install for EFI at Mid America Display Silicon Valley’s EFI will install a second EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass inkjet, direct-to-board printer later this month to Mid America Display.
Ron Jakeman of Electrolube looks back at a successful 2019 Electrolube has been growing, both in terms of its footprint and financially, for a number of years not; Ron Jakeman details the company's progress.
Sponsored content by EsemdaContract manufacturer Esemda opens new facility in Vilnius and expands EMS The new facility has been built with reserved space for future expansions. As Esemda constantly grows, it is of great importance to be able to rapidly increase production capacity in large volumes.
Etteplan and Scanfil to start strategic cooperation in joint customer projects Engineering company Etteplan and contract manufacturer Scanfil have today agreed to enter a strategic partnership in Finland.
The lovechild of ACE Production and InterSelect Carlos Bouras of Nordson Select gave us the rundown of the result of the integration and combination of ACE Production and InterSelect GmbH - the new Integra.
American Battery Metals, U.S. lawmakers convene American Battery Metals Corporation has completed a series of meetings with lawmakers and personnel in the Department of Energy and Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues critical to the domestic battery production and storage industry.
Cogiscan, Critical Mfg. form strategic partnership Quebec, Canada-based Cogiscan and Critical Manufacturing, headquartered in Portugal, have forged a strategic partnership to deliver smart factory solutions for electronics manufacturers.
Collins Aerospace expanding in North Africa Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has taken the first step toward the expansion of its existing site in Casablanca, Morocco.
The advantage of Vantage - Garrett Wong tells the tale Nordson Asymtek's Garrett Wong gives us a rundown of the business year and also details the Vantage Advantage
Saki’s Eddie Ichiyama details a very successful business year Eddie ichiyama from Saki gave us an update on how 2019 has been for the company and also shared some details on the recent expansion in the Czech Republic.
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Yamaha's Ichiro Arimoto on the business year and the company's new ventures Evertiq had the opportunity to talk to Ichiro Arimoto, General Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe, about the business year and the company's new ventures.
Mycronic, Indium forge strategic partnership Indium Corporation has announced a strategic partnership with Sweden-based Mycronic, to develop no-clean and water soluble solder pastes for jetting applications.
SCHMID delivers PlasmaLine to Hofstetter PCB SCHMID announced it has installed the company’s first PlasmaLine comprising ICP etch & sputter deposition of its Korean JV SCHMID AVACO at Hofstetter PCB AG in Switzerland.
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