Hi5 Electronics 2019 Engineering Design Show
Once again. we will be exhibiting at this year’s Engineering Design Show, held, of course, at the fantastic Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. We will be there over Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October. Please come down and say hello, meet some of our engineering team and check out our extensive experience and capabilities […]
USB4: The Future Of Connections?
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 drives and […]
Mined Rare Earth Materials Used In Electronics Products Revealed
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 of […]
Augmented Reality Could Revolutionise PCB Design
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 of a […]
The Complete Guide To PCB Prototyping
PCB prototyping is a necessary part of the electronic product development cycle. Our online PCB prototype shop can turn even the most complicated designs into working prototypes quickly and with minimal fuss. What is PCB prototyping? When you are making a new electronic product or component, you need to know that the finished article will perform as you […]
Red Wine Is Secret Ingredient In New Wearable Tech
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 cost-effective wearable technology, […]
Manchester Scientists Solve Solar Cell Defect
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 even further, […]
What Is LED And PCB Jewellery?
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 another. However, at Hi5 we […]