The maker culture challenges tomorrow’s electronics design
It is no longer only the major industrial companies that define the future electronics design. Hobby-makers, start-up companies and other disruptive elements help set tomorrow’s standards – and it shows the conference program for E-18 at the Odense Congress Center from 11 to 13 September.
It is not many years ago that the design of electronics products was reserved for the major manufacturers, which thus also defined how the market for next year’s electronics program would look like. Everything was developed as “book solutions” with the core application, a power supply, a user interface and the like to make the product appealing to customers.
However, the time is passed in many ways. Concepts such as cloud, IoT and the use of smartphones and tablets as interfaces to the electronics cause some radical changes in the development of tomorrow’s electronics products. It is a development well supported by design houses, EMS companies, open source software and, not least, the so-called maker culture – hobbyists and inventors whose physical products become electronic products because they often communicate with the outside world through smartphones or clouds based databases.
That is why, during the forthcoming E-18 trade fair, 11 – 13 September, the Odense Congress Center closes for a conference program that, among other things, looks deeper into the creator environment and how developments completely change electronics design in future consumer, media and industrial environments – and many other places.
Boards provide cheap development
One of the main speakers is David Cuartielles, co-founder of the Arduino company. Arduino is – in line with competing companies and products like Beaglebone and Raspberry Pi – the basis for a huge development of countless products in the category of small and affordable printboards with embedded microcontrollers or small processors.
Typically, the board only requires an investment of small $ 500 and the connection of a few sensors, a Bluetooth model or possibly a touch screen. And then, as an individual, you are actually in the process of electronics development – whether it’s smart home, engine, pumps or whatever creator you want to realize in product form.
In his speech on Thursday, September 13th in the Innovation Zone, David Cuartielles will go into the depths of the creator culture and highlight examples of open source products created through the Arduino platform – from cars to robots and satellites.
In the Innovation Zone on Thursday, Thomas Flummer from Hackerspacet Labitat, Anders Western from Arrow and Christian Ward and Peter Aagaard Kristensen from Prevas will also comment on the creator culture.
In all, the conference program for E-18 has more than 70 lectures, many of which lift the disruptive future that draws on the development of global electronics products. Whether you come from or outside the electronics industry, these talks can provide a vital insight into the future that will affect all market segments of the market in the short term.