Mechanical Design – Where Art Meets Engineering.

There’s a widely accepted axiom about our beautiful planet that world is subject to constant changes. So is its design too, which is not limited to objects, but about the world as a whole as an ecological and social structure. As engineers, let us focus on the design of objects.

 

We know what design is in basic terms. We encounter it in everyday objects like cars, furniture, and household items, as well as in tools and machines. What distinguishes objects from a particular category ( e.g., cars) are the visual appearances. Apart from the essential features incorporated into them, the looks are what attract the most of us. A fact which cannot be denied. Taking the example of cars, and generalizing it to some extent to all objects, the visual appearance of an object defines whether the product will sell or fail. On the other hand, overly exotic designs with minimum selling points in a product are assured of failing. What’s the point of spending a major chunk of your budget on creating a beautiful design but not giving the essential individual specific features?

 

Continuing from above discussion, one thing is evident that there needs to be a perfect balance between intrinsic features and exterior looks. As in case of new age smartphones where companies are looking to go thinner and thinner (until they vanish!). Would you like to fit in all the important old school features (removable battery, IR blaster, etc.) and have a bulkier shape?
Or you want to sacrifice these features and save every millimeter of space you can to get that perfect slim phone. This is the big question that has been harassing many smartphone companies lately.


                                                  An innovate seat and stand

Of mid-2000’s, products have started to become more consumer-centric. That means the visual appearance of products carries immense importance as a poorly looking market product would end up in a trash can soon, incurring massive losses for the company. Products are becoming sophisticated yet elegant as technology progresses. What sets you apart from your rivals is how neatly the features can be packed into a beautiful looking product. This is the point where art greets engineering and more precisely mechanical design. If you can create a design that invokes awe from people, yet include all the essential features that the public demands, you are set to make a fortune.

                             RollsRoyce Jet Engine – Example of sophisticated yet stunningly beautiful design

To get better at creating stunning designs, the most important factor to study is what people want. Because for that’s what your efforts in creating a product will be going into. Aesthetics comes from visualizing the use of a product in a particular scenario beforehand. Form the basic hand grip on a kitchen cutter to the sophisticated car engine, every design aspect involved needs to be thoroughly studied. What contours on the cutter grip will make the user more comfortable with using.

 

To conclude with, mechanical design is a sophisticated yet beautiful tool capable of giving shapes and contours beyond capable of human imaginations. You can create some most beautiful designs with your imaginations running wild. That’s where art meets engineering. To end this blog with a wonderful quote by the famous American designer Milton Glaser.

 

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

 

Have a fantastic product idea in your mind? Wish to feel your ideas and imaginations in your hands? Visit the Center for Robolution or feel free to drop an email at karan@robolution.center

Why is this the right time to be an embedded systems researcher !

 

The growth of Embedded systems with robotics: As a field and Career.

When we talk about Robots, the terms that come to our head are Artificial Intelligence, machine learning or computer vision which are all majorly software based.Have you thought of the hardware part? How robot reacts to a particular action?How is the process executed? How does the robotic system run? These questions can be answered only by the use of embedded systems.

 

 

What are embedded systems?

 

Embedded, as the name suggests, is the combination of hardware and software systems
designed to perform specific tasks. An Embedded system controls the internet connection,
processing of a program in a robot, sensor response and data management in an electrical
or mechanical environment. Embedded system majorly includes circuitry, sensor technology,
processing and communication between different electronic components in the machine.

     The growth of embedded systems.

Everything around us is getting connected with each other and embedded systems play a
major role in this transformation. Looking at the potential growth of gadgets around us,
embedded systems have a steady growth rate. We can see it from the graph below.

From the graph by Zion Research Analysis, we can see, there is the rapid growth of
$159billion to $225.34 billion in just six years. A market revenue growth of a $100 billion can
be observed, which is a promising growth with a steady increase. From the graph, we can infer
The growth of embedded systems that at least for embedded systems there is no looking back for
the next 5 to 6 years.

   Robotics and embedded systems.

Embedded systems are one of the acute fields of robotics. In fact, without embedded systems
robotics is merely impossible. Embedded systems take care of everything for a robot including the
sensors to be used, when to trigger a sensor, what to do with the sensor, connect to
the internet, store data to the memory, use of a processor and every electrical and electronic
component you can think of is depended on embedded systems. Majorly running code,
transfer of the data and working of sensors are all embedded systems.

   Career as an embedded engineer.

After 10-20 years, embedded systems are going to be everywhere. Looking at the numerous
possible applications it has and the awesome projects that are already on its glorious path, it
is safe to say that Embedded Systems will be one of the most sought-after fields of study and
hence would require a lot of talented minds.

Industries that utilize embedded systems engineers include defense, robotics, communications,
consumer electronics, and aeronautics. With the technology growth in these fields, an embedded
engineer has prosperous career options waiting for them.

 Future of embedded systems.

Embedded systems have a bright future; a future where you can see your toasters and cars
tweeting about their status!All thanks to these small powerful hardware devices we call embedded systems.
In the upcoming years we will see embedded systems everywhere –on every road, every building,
every floor, every wall, coffee mugs, books, watches, cars, airplanes and everything we see and use,
will be controlled by embedded technologies.All your gadgets would be interconnected and interacting to give you a personalized experience and make your life much better than you can imagine!

If any hands to help ourselves out please drop a mail to aadesh@robolution.center. I am Aadesh Shah, Working at the Center for Robolution as a Robotics Application Research Engineer.