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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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Innovation

April 2, 2020 07:25

Convert a snorkel mask to a ventilator mask

Using a 3D printed valve, a snorkel mask can be converted to a ventilator mask. The Charlotte valve allows snorkel masks to be retro-fitted to hospital ventilators.

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April 1, 2020 09:26

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 26, 2020 10:32

Technology verses Coronavirus

With the Covid-19 pandemic currently inflicting a state of crisis around the globe, I guess many of you like me are interested to find out how engineers and technology can help fight this disease.

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March 25, 2020 13:41

Oxford University and King’s College develop ventilator to support Covid-19 crisis

An interdisciplinary team of engineers and medics from Oxford University and Kings College London have been working to address ways to increase the UK’s capacity for ventilator manufacture, by producing a prototype for rapid deployment.

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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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