• Why the Future of Health is Remote and Modular

    March 17, 2017 By Cate Lawrence

    Every year medical devices increase in capability due to developments in biotech, robotics and connected devices. Simultaneously the patient experience is changing: health consumers are by and large tech literate, mobile and accustomed to the on-demand services and information and possess similar expectations of medical services. Remote medicine and telemedicine are becoming more standard as health providers and insurers begin to solidify their support behind telemedicine, in particular the financial benefits to both sectors. In conjunction  we see the development... View Article

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    New Module Development Alert: The Remote Control Module By Radcon

    March 10, 2017 By Cate Lawrence

    Radcon.io is  a leading hardware design firm specializing in connected technology (IoT). Based in the world’s hardware hub, Shenzhen, they provide a full suite of services that transform concepts into real-world products.  They bridge the gap between electronic design and functionality, with services ranging from digital/analog circuit and multi-layer PCB design, to IoT and wearable design. They also provide engineering and manufacturing support with projects optimized from the start to protect against setbacks through product evaluation and verification and certification... View Article

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    Mini Series Part 3: The Alcohol Module

    February 6, 2017

    In an era of biotechnology, more and more people are using sensor technology as a means to understand their physiology. From wearable gadgets to sleep trackers, we are delving into the notion of the quantified self, with the view to understand our functional self and how to best improve our physical and mental health. The alcohol sensor module is an important tool to understand the impact of alcohol on the body. It’s worth stating, the device shouldn’t be utilised to... View Article

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    Why Modular Designs are Gaining Ground Into our Life

    February 1, 2017 By Cate Lawrence

    Modular design relies on a backbone of standardization. There must be a core or central design premise of structure that can be replicated across each design. This is joined by accompanying modules or units that can be customized according the purpose, price, location etc. There’s the scope for many items to be made modular as it offers numerous benefits. We’ve been considering our products in the bigger modular ecosphere which has given us cause to consider the benefits of modularity... View Article

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    Mini Series Part 2: The Temperature & Humidity Module

    January 24, 2017

    We rely on accurate, real time accounts of the weather on a daily basis and the most common measurement is temperature. From determining whether to go for a picnic or what clothing to wear that day we make on decisions on the temperature of the day. Humidity sensors can also be used as a monitoring and preventive measure for people with illnesses that are affected by humidity such as migraines and respiratory conditions. A humidity sensor (or hygrometer) senses, measures... View Article

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    10 modular designs taking over the world

    January 23, 2017 By Cate Lawrence

    Here at nexpaq we’re big fans of all things modular. Modular products are by virtue scalable, flexible, and economical, particularly in terms of economics and environmental footprint in regard to reducing the need for replacing entire products when all but one module are functioning. Intrinsic to the modular aesthetic is a nexus between standardization and customization.  Is a concept that extends to the design of technology, architecture, toys and fashion. Here’s some of our favourite examples: * Modular computers The... View Article

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    Mini Series Part 1: The Air Quality Module

    January 9, 2017

    Air pollution is a significant problem in many parts of the world. It’s not uncommon to see pictures of parts of China through a haze of smog. However the problem of air pollution is not limited to China, impacting in cities ranging from Berlin, Krakow and London to California and New Delhi.  It’s cited that 6.5 million deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), much greater than the number from HIV/AIDS,... View Article

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    How Modular IoT Technology Will Help Manage Thunderstorm Asthma

    December 6, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    Imagine a situation where thousands of people all of a sudden find themselves unable to breathe. Thousands of people present themselves to hospitals and doctors surgeries struggling with wheezing, coughing and a shortness of breath. Some are turning blue. 1900 people call emergency services for an ambulance over 5 hours, the demand far exceeding supply. Many people end up in hospital and 8 die. It’s not a gas leak or smoke from an industrial fire. Instead, it’s the respiratory condition... View Article

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    You Are the Avatar: The New Era of RPG’s

    November 15, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    Massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) bring computer gaming into the virtual world. Think characters that coexist in a world of their choosing (typically embracing all or facets of space, science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction). It’s a form of gaming that distinguishes itself from standard RPG as the characters continue to evolve even when you are offline and away from the game. Some well known examples include World of Warcraft and Final Fantastic XXIV. What these games all... View Article

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    Getting to Know Dan Makoski: The “MODfather”

    November 7, 2016 By Steve Safarowic

    One of the indicators of success in startup communities is the company that you keep. When you meet people that share your vision, especially when you are trying to do something that disrupts an industry,  you know you are really onto something. As you are no doubt aware, Google has pulled the plug on it’s modular smartphone, Project Ara. This was sad news for us at nexpaq as Project Ara went into development around the same time as us and... View Article

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