3D PRINTING REVOLUTION
What if you can manufacture a product from prototype to production right in the convenience of your home? The revolution of 3D printing is making this possible. Discover the possibilities 3D printing technology can open in this unit, including its recent innovation in producing synthetic organs, the new careers 3D printing technology will create, and the future of mass production that can change the logistics of the manufacturing process entirely.
What’s that buzzing noise up there? It’s probably a commercial drone in flight! This unit details the history of drones used in the military, but also its current usage today for tasks like weather monitoring, search and rescue missions, and wildlife preservation. Find out how drones are being developed for logistics giants like Amazon, UPS, and Walmart as they invest in drone technology for delivering goods over longer distances in even shorter times.
These aren’t the droids you’re looking for—or are they? Droids, or robots, are now replacing people in dirty, mundane, and dangerous tasks through their automation! This unit defines the components of robotics; its current usage in hospitals, farms, factories, and classrooms; and its influence on the logistics industry in distributing and delivering goods. Additionally, discover how to prepare for careers that robotics will open for the engineering field and computer sciences!
Imagine a world where beating traffic is an obsolete problem of the past because all commutes have now become automated. With autonomous transport, we do not have to imagine much longer! In this unit, discover how tech companies like Tesla, Uber, and Google are already producing self-navigating, self-driving cars; how autonomous transport can aid during pandemics; and how the logistics field is transforming trucking, delivery, and trade through autonomous trucks and ships!
Virtual reality (“VR”) is opening new ways to explore, problem-solve, and interact with information in visual-simulated space. In this unit, discover how VR technology is being used in Facebook, Sony, and Samsung with applications like immersive gaming, psychiatric disorder treatment, and workforce training. Learn how this technology is changing logistics companies’ in warehouse safety, how its predictive modeling is improving the supply chain process, and how VR technology can better secure deliveries and verify identities.
Artificial intelligence is no longer a thing of sci-fi movies—just go and ask Siri! This unit explores the evolving definitions of artificial intelligence, its history with IBM’s “Deep Blue” AI, its current use in digital assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Echo, and its influence in logistic supply chains including contextual intelligence, productivity insights, demand forecasting, and production planning.
Nowadays you can check whether that Doritos flavor is in stock at your local Walmart, without stepping out of the house, thanks to the invention of barcodes. RFIDs (radio-frequency identification) and barcodes have made product tracking, price checking, and inventory counting a quick, real-time, and centralized process. This unit dives into the history of the RFID during World War II, the development of barcodes and its differences from RFIDs, and the logistical roles both play in supply chain management like tracking, quantifying, and locating products.
Geographical information systems
What’s your ETA? Geographical Information Systems, or “GIS”, analyzes geographic data to display maps in applications you regularly use, like Google Maps and Waze, to help you navigate to your destination. This unit covers the history of GIS; its role in logistics including supply chain visualization, evacuation planning, and merchandise pattern analysis; and its potential use and needs for transportation agencies and traffic applications.