Google becoming a hardware manufacturer isn't a threat — yet


Not everyone liked the Google Glass -- even the tech giant itself admitted regrets in how it executed on the hardware push. Last month, it closed Project Ara, its initiative to build a modular smartphone. The six-year-old Nexus program proved more fruitful, but as of this week, Google has no more plans for a new Nexus phone or tablet, The Verge reported. SEE ALSO: Google's big hardware moment is also its biggest test On Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, Google revealed its program called "Made By Google." The homepage of its new website is a tribute to a suite of products: Phones, home speakers, Wi-Fi routers, virtual reality headsets and a new TV device.

Oppo wants to release the first 5G smartphone


Oppo is aiming to be the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a commercial 5G handset after achieving a significant milestone in its lab tests of next-generation mobile networks. The Chinese phone maker was able to connect one of its devices to a 5G network for the first time, overcoming one of the final hurdles in development and paving the way for a release in 2019. "The connection was carried out on a pre-commercially available 5G smartphone developed on the basis of Oppo [Release-15]. It was customized with fully integrated 5G components including Systemboard, RF, RFFE and antenna. The "5G" logo also appeared in the top right corner of the screen."

You Aren't Ready for the Weirdness of Working With Robots


Humanity is entering a confusing time: the Age of the Bizarrely Intelligent Robots. No longer confined to cages on factory floors, the machines are more and more walking, rolling, and hopping among us. But the question is, are we ready for their invasion? After all, interacting with other humans is hard enough for most of us (OK, maybe most of people who are me). How on Earth can we get along with awkward, unfeeling robots?

A major manufacturer has begun designing its cars using augmented reality


While virtual reality aims to whisk users away into another world, augmented reality provides an overlay that transformed the world around them. Now, we're seeing this technology used more and more to help designers visualize their creations. This hardware is used to fine-tune the placements of various elements of the vehicle, after a clay model has been constructed to establish its basic shape and form. "This ability to mesh digital and physical worlds together is for us the future of designing products," said Craig Wetzel, Ford's manager of design technical operations, in an interview with Wired. Currently, designers have to turn their drawings into a 3D render, which is then sent to engineers, and potentially returned to the design team with notes and requested alterations.

The Maker's CPA


Ren Cicalese, III is the Maker's CPA and he is focused on guiding manufactures and makers towards a better business. He has been helping companies like yours since 2005. Ren partners with CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry to build better businesses. He has guided companies through their every day challenges to accomplish long sought after goals. His passion for working with manufacturers developed over his career.