If a wind turbine could talk, what would it say? To find out, GE is making brilliant machines that can communicate with people. Using data collected by remote sensors, engineers now have real-time information at their fingertips about how a machine is operating and can find out when, for example, a wind turbine requires maintenance. It’s all part of the Industrial Internet, which is connecting machines to people to increase efficiency, minimize waste and change the way the world works.
To celebrate how 3D printing is changing the way the world works, we’re giving it its own holiday: 3D Printing Day. To mark the occasion, GE teamed up with designers to create different prototypes for printable gifts. Check out the list at 3Dprintmygift.tumblr.com and on December 3rd, tweet using the hashtag #3DPrintMyGift for a chance to have your own customized gift printed and shipped to you.
In the 1950s, William H. Sahloff, who ran GE’s housewares division at the time, saw a need to be filled in the American kitchen: the perfect slicing utensil. Sahloff - who had previously conceived of inventions like the electric can opener and the electric toothbrush - brought his idea for an electric carving knife to GE engineers, who spent five years perfecting the invention. After the innovation debuted in the mid-1960s, sliced turkey never looked the same again in many American households.
ZeeWeed, illustrated above, is a low-energy solution for both cities and industries to filter out solids, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in water. In a time when over half of U.S. states face water shortages and two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in water-scare conditions by 2025, it’s more important than ever to find innovative ways to treat and recycle wastewater. GE is currently involved in over 500 water reuse projects, which treat over one billion gallons of water each day, or 0.85 percent of the world’s daily use.