"Wouldn’t it be cool if…"
We’ve all had that thought about something. How do you get from there to a product you can use and share with others? When I found myself playing with an idea that seemed exciting and new, I decided to capture some notes on the process, from the perspective of an Engineering Manager at a company that’s all about implementing people’s creative visions.
Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is an approach to evaluating products or materials, that doesn’t require their disassembly or otherwise impair their functionality. NDT can employ magnetics, ultrasound, x-rays, and other technologies. Art+Logic has worked on a variety of NDT-related projects. The brief interview that follows, addresses some of the more common questions about NDT.
Andrew: Hi Bob. So let’s start out with me asking you, who does nondestructive testing? Is that something I could just jump into?
Bob: No, there are specially certified NDT experts who design the techniques and do the testing, and there are three levels of certification. (more…)
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
— Shunryu Suzuki
I was recently given the opportunity to present myself as a “thought leader for my industry.” I’ve been pondering this. What do I know? What do I know so deeply and fully that others might want to hear my opinions about it? Not much, it seems. Actually, I don’t have nearly as many answers as I have questions. But more than this, it’s the questions that really keep me interested. (more…)
Sunday afternoon I saved the day. You may not have read about it in the Seattle Times; it was kind of a subtle thing, but I think it made the world a little brighter.
I was in town helping to run a weekend workshop and at the end of the event, the teacher wanted to play a musical selection through the P.A. system. The sound team couldn’t get it to work, so I swooped in, fixed three separate problems, and averted. . . well, honestly, probably not disaster, but at least, mild disappointment.
The interesting piece for me was reflecting on the parallels between what happened that day, and what we do here at Art & Logic. Maybe some specifics would be useful:
- The first problem we encountered was that the iPhone being used for playback simply made no sound. This was easy to fix. The phone was plugged into a mixer – a device that combines multiple audio sources and then sends the result out to a speaker or a recording device. Mixers can be kind of complicated; in this case, there were a few different volume controls involved, and one was simply turned down. (more…)
When developing a custom application to support your organization’s business processes, there are a number of reasons you might want to facilitate direct and automated entry of data into a computer system.
Perhaps your company has representatives out in the field, such as sales reps or inspectors. Rather than having them log data with a specialized device while in the field and transfer it “manually” at the office, these professionals might use an iPad to gather the information, with the data syncing automatically to a centralized database.
Device integration can transform business processes in a variety of fields and in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at five of the top benefits device integration can deliver to drive more effective processes. (more…)