A breakthrough in the world of electrical engineering and fault diagnosis was achieved earlier this March by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchers claim that the energy monitor is able to find electrical failures before they happen. Screens and microcontroller technology are some of the latest and most innovative diagnostic technology to come out of the engineering sector as a result of technological advancement.
How Does It Help?
The system utilizes a graphics display and sensor that allows the operator to delve deep into smaller electronic systems without having to do anything invasive. The equipment is analyzed individually to provide a full view and is attached on the outside of the system, preventing the need to cut away any wires. The smallest fluctuation in voltage and currency can be observed in this method, as well as energy usage in order to help maintain and promote proper efficiency.
Similar to Others
Screening technology is one of the newer innovations in engineering diagnostics, but the MIT energy monitor is far from unprecedented. Many automobile diagnostic tools utilize screens and voltage measuring tools to run diagnostic tests. This is especially true of new models of electric and hybrid vehicles, which can be difficult to diagnose without proper training and tools. In this regard, the screens not only diagnose but can be used to upgrade and update the software of the vehicle.
While the innovation of being able to discover issues before they’ve even occurred may seem like the farthest the technology can be pushed, diagnostic tools are already in development to push this further. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, for example, works on a smaller scale than the MIT diagnostic screen, but for just as vital operations. The device is the latest in wearable smart technology and allows the user to integrate with complicated advanced machinery such as jets to easily diagnose current and future possible issues. Developers at Microsoft tout it as a “far more immersive, instinctual, and comfortable experience” for electrical engineers using the HoloLens.
Screens have become the face of system diagnosis innovation likely due to the comfortable familiarity many technology-driven engineers hold with screens. The ability to display graphs and easy-to-digest information when diagnosing a system means a more user-friendly experience overall. Furthermore, screening and scanning technology avoid tampering with the systems, whereas older, more traditional diagnostic tools often had to be applied directly to a system to diagnose. By avoiding tampering with the system, scanning diagnostic tools can more accurately find the issue.
While screens are the current face of diagnostic technology, there’s no telling what innovation may come next. The HoloLens 2 already utilizes limited hologram and virtual reality traits in its diagnostic tools. So long as the great minds of electrical engineers across the world continue to strive forward to provide the next greatest technology, the face of diagnostics engineering is certain to change as well.