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BMW Driving Simulator.

"Before BMW´s driving assistance systems become reality in the various models, they have to be tested. With the dynamic driving simulator experts can create virtual situations in daily life to check the functionality of these systems. This high-tech testing is necessary to guarantee the passenger´s safety on the road."


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Jed Fisher's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:53 AM

Thanks for link João,

The last Ford I rented had terrible visibility with the window reinforcement bar blocking much of my driver side view sight. Nice to see how BMW is trying catch potential design problems like this earlier.

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Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing

Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing | Made Different | Scoop.it
Ford has pulled back the curtain on some details of how it is using AM to speed up production in the design and prototype stages.

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:51 AM

I'm looking forward to the day a 3D printer can print a 3D printer :-)

So, I've held back on talking about 3D Printing for a while but it's now unavoidable. It's clearly past a fad stage and people are now using 3D printing for new workflows and significant process improvements. Be it a dentist who can now more economically make molds for tooth fillings, or a design engineers who can experiement and better communicate automotive designs, 3D printing is significantly helping.

It's also changing where manufacturing is done, moving manufacturing back to being closer to the customer ( http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=637)

This scoop link is good example to how Ford is using it (Additive Manufacturing).

 

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Let's hope 2013 will be the year for Indoor location reporting!

Let's hope 2013 will be the year for Indoor location reporting! | Made Different | Scoop.it
In the race to bring indoor location technology to market, an eight-person startup is taking on big name players Google, Qualcomm and Samsung, and has the potential to win.

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 2, 2013 5:33 AM

CSR’s Sirf Technologies division and WifiSLAM claim to have figured out how to map indoor locations when you’re walking with your mobile phone inside a building. I really hope that we get to see this work in practice (with good precision) in 2013. 

Having the ability to get to less than a meter precision inside a building is a very powerful technology breakthrough that would enable many more workflows and usecases. Currently GPS/Wifi is not precice enough for many workflows (only getting to around 3 meters at best). 

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Get used to it: The post-PC employee has arrived

Get used to it: The post-PC employee has arrived | Made Different | Scoop.it
Forrester survey shows that the future is now when it comes to use of personal computing for work

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, February 13, 2013 5:51 PM

Powerful and compelling analytics by Forrester.

Some of the key findings:

- Technology has found that employees believe so much in the post-PC devices that they're willing to pay for them themselves to use at work -

- Gartner predicts Macs will be as accepted by IT as Windows PCs by 2015.

- Use of multiple devices is already common.

- More people choose or bring their own PCs than you'd think. 

- The number of people accessing the Internet through PCs in the USA will shrink from 240 million in 2012 to 225 million in 2016. Tablets are using used at roughly the same levels (from 39% to 49%) everywhere – at a work desk, home, cafe and traveling. Use of multiple devices is coming (29% already use 3 or more devices). PC rules, but mobile is getting bigger

- Tablets will be a big proportion of computing devices in use.

- Cloud storage and data syncing is commonplace.

- IT must plan on sourcing technology from Apple and the Google Android ecosystem.

- Microsoft's role as an IT provider is its to lose.

Jed Fisher's comment, February 14, 2013 6:04 PM
And related, http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/14/forresters-top-10-trends-for-mobile-in-2013/
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The Rise of Lean And Why It Matters

The Rise of Lean And Why It Matters | Made Different | Scoop.it

Lean has given enterprises, which have already shaved back on costs, a new language for motivating people to get creative on limited resources.


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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 6, 2013 2:39 PM

Are you defining a new market? or are you improving an existing one? This is such a fundamental question but it is one that is often passed over or incorrectly answered. The answer to this question changes almost every aspect of your business strategy.

This article is not only is a good reminder of why Lean and Agile can work so well, the image/table captures the difference between sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation.