2017 has been an incredible year for engineering and technology. Every year brings new possibilities and innovations throughout many industries and, as we are coming to the end of this year, we at European Springs Ireland have compiled a list of the greatest technology advancements 2017 has seen.
Driverless cars have been a fascinating topic for many years now, and this discussion has continued throughout 2017. It’s curious to believe technology could one day make this theory a reality, and the excitement level is increasingly rising as technology advancements continue. One of the goals for this innovation is to reduce the amount of road fatalities occurring each year.
Driverless cars reinforce the idea that automation will be more and more present in engineering, and this is set to continue.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things is the interconnection of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data in real time. Throughout the years, engineers have only scratched the surface of what is possible. Technology today allows for improved security and energy efficiency, which allows us to set or schedule temperatures, noise patterns, lighting and the use of various electronics with digital assistance.
There are many industries who are already using, and starting to use, the Internet of Things, which is improving the way businesses work.
Advancements within biology and engineering innovations have made it possible to do things which were only theoretical years ago. There are many examples of how far this technology has come, with brain-controlled prosthetics emerging, making it possible for amputees to control prosthetic limbs with their thoughts.
Biomedical engineers are continuing to explore the possibility of reverse engineering pathogens to help create antidotes to infectious diseases, limiting the devastation of pandemics.
The human impact on the environment has been a rising concern as, with the effects of global warming, there is a lot of strain on the planet. Engineers are looking for new and innovative ways to decrease environmental damage, from finding ways to counter resource depletion to reversing environmental destruction.
This year has seen some ground-breaking projects regarding this issue, such as an Air Link System, a device which converts pollution into printing ink.
Engineers are making great steps in facing the challenges space travel brings, with exciting new developments and technological advancements being made. Space travel to Mars is a common topic within this industry (and on the big screen), and it is rapidly becoming a real possibility. There are several space exploration agencies, such as SpaceX, that are even planning a mission to Mars as soon as 2018!
Engineers work tirelessly to create new innovative technologies. Here at European Springs Ireland, we understand how greatly engineering developments help improve the industry. Our pressings form an integral part of our business, helping to establish us as a market leader in the spring and high-speed press technology.
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