New technologies and breakthroughs for 3D printing, AI and batteries held the most interest in 2018

By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief

As we head into the new year,
Electronic Products looks at
some of the most popular stories of 2018. Not surprisingly, some of the most
read stories focused on technology breakthroughs as designers tried to stay on
top of the latest and greatest advances, ranging from 3D printing and
blockchain to artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT).

Over the past year, one of
the biggest trends – and one that will continue into 2019 – is the drive toward
more practical applications of AI. We saw a tremendous amount of work in the
area of processors
for AI applications
including embedded
products
and new sensors for automotive, industrial and consumer
electronics products.

As we look ahead, Electronic
Products also expects the technology needle for virtual reality/augmented
reality (VR/AR) to move significantly as more uses emerge beyond gaming
applications. Tie this together with advances in IoT and designers have a tough
job, staying ahead of new products and technologies for their next-generation
designs.

In 2019, we expect 5G, AI,
autonomous vehicles, VR and IoT to have a significant impact on electronics
design. A huge enabler of these technologies will be new electronic components,
ranging from passive components and interconnects to processors and power
devices, that are designed specifically for these new applications.

Here are 10 of the most
popular articles in 2018 that helped engineers, designers and makers stay ahead
of the technology curve, along with a few articles that piqued the curiosity of
technology enthusiasts.

5 breakthroughs in technology you should
know about in 2018

Battery
that charges in one minute could beat Tesla in the race for tomorrow’s car

3D
printer yields electric motor

6
tips to keep your batteries in top-notch shape

10
sites of electrical history to visit on your next road trip

Lithium-sulfur
boasts big advantage over Li-ion batteries

NASA
lost a satellite 12 years ago; some random guy just discovered its signal

4
ways Amazon Echo and Alexa pose serious threats to your privacy

New
material may increase battery life by more than a hundredfold

6
upcoming tech trends to keep your eyes on in 2018