Mouser Electronics along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara released the fifth and final video in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program.
The engaging Shaping Smarter Cities series follows Imahara as he visits engineers on three different continents, exploring the technologies they use to solve pressing problems in their respective cities and understanding how communities worldwide could adopt them.
“Though humanity faces some monumental challenges, after seeing these technologies, I’m confident that we can eventually solve these problems and move forward. Worldwide access to electronic parts has truly opened up the opportunity for innovation for engineers of all levels. It’s an incredible time to be alive,” said Imahara.
“The Shaping Smarter Cities series has highlighted inspiring technologies that we can use to solve problems in communities around the world,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “Small-scale innovation — like we see in these videos — will be the key to tackling large-scale challenges in our dynamic cities.”
The final video of the series looks back at the innovations presented in three previous videos. In Porto, Portugal, Mouser and Imahara documented how buses and city vehicles with connected access points and sensors are forming a mesh network that provides free Wi-Fi and massive amounts of data to help the city run more efficiently with far less street congestion.
In Tokyo, Imahara met with engineers who revolutionized vertical urban farming, devising a system that feeds millions of people using 99 percent less water than traditional farming — a feat that could transform how cities around the world solve fresh water shortages.
And in Los Angeles, Imahara learned how implementing augmented reality (AR) technology can make construction projects smarter, increasing workplace safety, enabling more stable structures, and increases overall efficiency.
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