Author Archives: Ross

USB4: The Future of Connections?

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The computing industry seems to continually accidentally – or perhaps more accurately, deliberately – shoot itself in the foot, by manufacturing machines with new connections that don’t link up with old peripherals. My own MacBook comes with USB-C ports only, for instance, so that it is impossible to connect to older devices, such as external […]


New process for ‘mining’ rare earth materials used in electronics products revealed

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As a society, we are now well-versed in the benefits of recycling in our own homes – everything from food waste to glass, paper to tin cans.  However, recycling is also taking place in the electronics industry, and on an industrial, rather than domestic, scale. We are, of course, many decades into the ubiquitous use […]


Augmented Reality Tool Could Revolutionise PCB Design

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A new augmented reality (AR) smartphone app could help PCB designers visualise, debug and assemble printed circuit boards more easily. Unlike virtual reality, which fully immerses the user in a digital world through a headset or similar device, AR overlays digital content onto an existing reality through a smartphone screen or tablet. One recent example […]


Red Wine Is the Secret Ingredient for New Wearable Tech

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When red wine is introduced to clothing, it normally spells disaster for the wearer. Whether it is baking soda, gin or dish soap, everybody has a genius life hack to remove red wine from a white shirt. But researchers at the University of Manchester have worked out that they can create flexible, durable and more […]


Manchester Scientists Solve Solar Cell Defect to Boost Efficiency

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A team of scientists from the University of Manchester have solved a decades-old problem that limited the efficiency of solar panels. Standard solar panels that you see on homes and industrial buildings are about 20% efficient – turning 1KW of sunshine into around 200W of output per metre2. But under circumstances, this efficiency is limited […]


What is LED and PCB jewellery?

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You may think that the twin spheres of electronics and fashion might have little in common.  Agreed, the German band Kraftwerk looked pretty stylish behind their four synthesisers, and David Bowie managed to combine electronics and looking fabulous in his own Berlin period… but overall, these two spheres tend to stay far removed from one […]


The Arrival of Ultrafast Cluster Electronics

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  At Hi5 Electronics we are always keen to keep abreast of any new developments in the electronics sphere. After all, we are working in what is undoubtedly an incredibly fast-moving sector, and if you don’t keep up you risk missing out on important innovations that might be valuable to our own business here in […]


Choosing the Right PCB Manufacturer

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Once you have designed your PCB, you need to get it made. And that means that you need a specialist PCB manufacturer. Getting the right PCB manufacturer is important to the long-term success of your project. Choosing well can make your life much easier but choosing poorly can lead to a lot of grief. Before […]


Electronics recycling: Breaking the e-waste addiction

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You may recently have seen news reports covering the issue with recycling in the UK.  Most of us are now attuned to the fact that we can recycle bottles, tins and paper but more attention is now being focused on electronics recycling. Here at Hi5 we fully appreciate the fact that the capacity – and […]


CES 2019: Electronic Product Designer’s Digest

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Held each January in Las Vegas, CES is the world’s premier consumer electronics show. For electronics designers, the media and the general public CES is a chance to see the upcoming year’s technology first – all in one place. Some ground-breaking products will go on to define a new generation of technology. Others will be […]