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Digital disruption is here and we’re all affected by it. Engineering is increasingly influenced by these new trends. Start-ups are disrupting traditional hardware products with intelligent devices that leverage connectivity, combined with a slick software user experience. RS Components business model that serves you so well is endangered by the same forces faced by you – our customers. In this Innovation Hub we will share our innovation stories with the hope to get your feedback and exchange experiences.

All companies today must ask if they want to disrupt or be disrupted. Engineers are often the ones expected to inform on technology trends and suggest solutions. Sound familiar? At RS Components we are committed to accelerate in this area. We want to share this journey with you and will use DesignSpark as the springboard for many of our upcoming innovations.

This Innovation Hub will discuss digital technology trends and what the future could look like. The world of IoT/Industry 4.0, Cloud, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are all underpinned by Data and Analytics. We will share behind-the-scenes insight into select projects at RS, aiming to add value to you in new and unique ways. We will invite you to participate in exclusive proof-of-concept testing and we will share our learnings with you to inform your own innovation efforts. Join us on the journey to the unknown, tell us what is good or bad, what you believe the future to be and what influences your daily life, your industry and the products you design and use

Augmented Reality in Engineering

Whilst there’s a huge amount of hype around Virtual Reality currently, led primarily by tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Sony; it is sometimes easy to overlook Augmented Reality. This article looks at the future of AR in engineering

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Rise of the Smart Cams

“They’re coming!” No, they’re already here. And get ready to see a lot more of them, as the hardware needed for a Smart Cam is becoming very affordable and its applications are near endless.

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April 7, 2020 13:06

DIY Photon Propulsion Part 2. April Fools.

Sorry, I need to apologize if you believed me building a DIY Photon Propulsion. Well, I'm weird enough to try it, but that really was a complete hoax to fool you on the 1st of April! The how-to comes today.

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April 6, 2020 06:43

DIY Photon Propulsion – Innovation meets DesignSpark’s maker sense

Why not use one of these ultra high power CoB LEDs for something different than just making light? This project is a perfect example of where you can get when starting to think laterally. Maybe nothing useful at first glance but astonishing cool!

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March 24, 2020 10:50

Quantum Computers Part 2 - Programming using IBM's circuit diagram

Quantum stuff is really weird. Accept that and you too can program a quantum computer. WARNING - requires knowledge of Python.

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February 28, 2020 12:01

Less is More in Software Engineering

We are in the middle of a big digital transformation at RS Components to modernise RS Online from a monolithic Java application to a modern cloud-based micro-services architecture. Love Java or JavaScript tools? Come and join our team!

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February 25, 2020 12:07

Disruptive Technology

Graphene is a material with near-magical properties. Now you can buy some of your very own – in a real product.

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February 25, 2020 10:19

Jude's Vacuum Forming Hack - Recycling Plastic Milk Jugs

Jude Pullen shows how he modified a Mayku Vacuum Former (Formbox) to work with HDPE Plastic (recycled from Milk Jugs). Not only does this give a good mould quality, but resulting moulds are food safe, durable and can still be recycled after use.

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February 18, 2020 13:35

For efficiency’s sake: High current relays now available on PCB

With the release of PCB-mounted HE-relays, Panasonic Industry Europe meets the growing demands for safe, robust and energy-efficient ways to switch relatively large amounts of power.

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February 18, 2020 10:08

Handwritten Digit Recognition Using Artificial Intelligence on a Low-Cost FPGA Board

In this project, you will find out how to capture, process and analyze an image with a digit and present a consistent result of image recognition.

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February 17, 2020 09:35

Do you know a talented engineer aged 18-30 in the UK?

RS Components and Electronics Weekly have once again teamed up to find the brightest and most talented young electronics engineers in the UK for their annual BrightSparks awards.

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February 11, 2020 15:36

Want to be a DesignSpark BETA Tester?

We're dedicated to making your experience of the DesignSpark platform as great as possible, and to do that we need your help. We're putting together a team of user testers who we can share early concepts and prototypes with...

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February 10, 2020 09:38

CMS Circuit Monitoring - How to Build the System

Introducing CMS, a compact high-performance multichannel system for AC and DC branch monitoring and a complete solution for monitoring electrical parameters in dist panels.

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February 3, 2020 08:43

The Engineering Edge – lasers and atomic clocks

Technology that is used in getting broadband to our houses is also being used to develop more accurate atomic clocks for use in space.

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