I was on the board of directors for the Long Island FIRST during its initial six years here. The public competitions are high-toned arena-style competitions and well worth viewing. But what goes on during the 6 weeks prior; now that's the story. Kaman wanted youngsters to be as excited about technology as they are about the NCAA or NFL. Judging by the growth of this program region by region, he's getting his target met. Looking forward to hearing more.
BTW, the program has a component for middle-school students as well. It's a Lego League version.
I agree with DennisQ here. The good thing about cloud computing is that it allows consumer devices (such as smartphones, tablets etc) to access business reated information directly from the cloud. Tradionally this informaiton could only be accessed through dedicated machines. Considering this, the rise in cloud computing and storage may prove to be a good thing for electronic manufacturers as it would increase the consumption of consumer electronic devices.
Barb--Great post--sounds like a good theme for a conference with attendees like this one. And I can't say I'm not jealous to have missed Dean Kamen. Google his name and you have to fight through the untrue rumors of his death on a Segway. once that is through, you'll see him praised for his ability to 'think differently' and reimagine how people get from place to place. I am glad to see someone with that ability is attacking other areas of need. Thanks for bringing his message to us.
@Himanshugupta, the consumer market won't shrink... on the contrary, consumers will likely buy more/newer devices that can take full advantage of the new cloud-based services.
I don't really see how cloud computing is bad for the industry. Certain companies will need to adapt to the new reality, but on the whole I think widespread cloud adoption will create all sorts of interesting new integrated devices and services with features that many have yet to even imagine.
It is easy to fear something because it's so different from the traditional way, but I think the cloud is certainly nothing to worry about.
"the ability to centralize and share data in the cloud should reduce the number of gadgets consumers use because memory and speed become less of a differentiator for each device." Isn't cloud computing bad for the industry. This will increase the enterperize based business as enterprizes will need better performing servers but comsumer market will shrink. Would this open up a path to different kind of computing devices that are unknown today?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.