Can We Trust the Internet of Things to Protect Us?

By Valerie C.
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Trust Internet of Things

Within the next decade the internet could connect as many as 200 billion things—and not just machines such as cars or household appliances, but anything that you can fit a chip or sensor into—including humans. These devices, collectively known as the Internet of Things, should make life simpler, even healthier, but can we trust them to look after us?

It’s 6 am on Monday 1 October 2025. The device on your wrist has sensed that you’re waking up so it sends a message to your coffee machine to start brewing. You delay the coffee and go for a run instead. While you’re pounding the pavement, the sensors in your earphones detect an irregular heartbeat. The device sends an ECG readout to a cardiologist. He sees that the arrhythmias are just harmless ectopic beats and decides to take no further action.

Back home, you have your well-earned coffee and put the empty cup in the dishwasher. The dishwasher is full, so it starts running. A sensor detects that the appliance is due for a service. It makes the appointment with an engineer and books a date in your diary, which you later confirm. A couple of decades ago, dishwashers were one of the biggest causes of house-fires, but not anymore. The internet of things (IoT)—devices connected to each other over the internet—has made the world infinitely safer. From self-driving cars to smart pills that measure our health from the inside, the internet in 2025 has become a custodian of our health and safety. But have we been wise to give the reigns of responsibility—that we once took hold of ourselves for things like driving or administering medicine—to a device?

Read the Full article to get the answer!

If you want to go further on the topic of the IoT, you can read “What’s next in the Internet of Things?.

A new spin on washing machine design

By Estelle
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Do you remember the old washing machine your parents owned when you were a kid?

After mom would load up the washer with the family’s laundry she would turn the big central knob to the on position. From that point on the washer would begin to vibrate, shake, and convulse as it seemingly pulverized our clothes into a state of cleanliness again. The loud thumping of the spin cycle would echo throughout the house as the floor beneath us would vibrate. If wash time began to interrupt dinner or family movie night then I would be sent on a mission down to the basement to stop the bubbly beast mid cycle; only to be started up again when we no longer needed to speak or hear our own thoughts again.

Some of you may still experience the horror … I mean nostalgic pleasure of using a washing machine like this today. But I have since moved on to a much more quiet, efficient and smart machine.

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Consumers demand connected, intelligent, almost instinctual electronic products to enable their work and delight their senses. Imagine my new washing machine … it is smart enough to optimize its energy and detergent use. It calculates load weight and detects what kind of clothing is being washed. It runs so quiet, it can be housed anywhere. And because it’s connected, I can control its operation through a mobile device anywhere, at any time.

You may not know it, but today’s innovative washing machine designs, are in part the result of leading technology manufacturers using realistic simulation technology to analyze and improve their designs.

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By using simulation and design exploration software, white goods manufactures have been able to simulate virtual product tests while evaluating and analyzing hundreds of design options. It’s interesting to learn how the advances in simulation capabilities and computing resources are enabling washing machine producers to save time and money while optimizing the perfect washing machine design for all our needs.

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You’ll learn how washing machine manufactures are using simulation to help us keep our clothes clean, save energy, and live in peace!

Simulation Ushers in the Age of Experience

By Estelle
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Gone are the days when building a best-in-class product was simply about a novel idea or a supersized set of features. According to a recent Eventbrite survey, 78% of gen y respondents said they would rather spend money on an experience than a thing, and 77% said their best memories come from an experience. So the question is how can smart organizations create high tech products with winning experiences?

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Economies progress as companies differentiate themselves by staging experiences that command premium prices. Source: “The Experience Economy” by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore.

Consider the Apple iPhone and Boeing Dreamliner 787, two defining products that exemplify the “Experience Economy”. Their designs push the envelope in user engagement by raising the bar on delivering a holistic experience that connects with customers on an emotional level. With an ever growing demand for experiences, leading high tech manufacturers have turned to simulation in order to innovate and optimize new designs, while creating more robust, more efficient, and more durable products.

Let’s consider simulation and its impact on the white goods market. Many of us cannot avoid house hold chores like doing the laundry – how can we make this a better experience? Leading washing machine manufacturers are using washing_machine_overlayrealistic simulation to innovate washers that deliver clean, colorful clothes, while saving energy and detergent at the same time. My old top load washer used to rattle the entire house while gulping down a whopping 40 gallons of water per load. My new energy efficient washer quietly washes clothes while using a meager 14 gallons of water per load. Now I can happily “experience” greater ease of use, a more peaceful home, and a heavier wallet!

As customers of all ages become more informed and empowered, they increasingly expect a more personalized product and experience, and companies that can’t adapt are in serious danger of failing or falling behind…
The results of simulation on the high tech industry are extraordinary!

To get the details, download the whitepaperMaking_the_Case_for Simulation WP:
Making the Case for Simulation in the Age of Experience” to learn how using the right simulation tools can help to better serve customers’ need for an experience, while at the same time save time and money, and improve high tech designs.



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