I was at Dell Technologies World 2022 last week. I often don’t get excited about something on the shop window at events like this, but DTW was the exception.
One year they had robot baristas making better coffee than Starbucks, and they had customers’ cars that I wanted to buy. Which brings me to the one thing that should have been on the floor this year that wasn’t, especially considering GM was on the main podium with Michael Dell, the Cadillac Lyriq – a great electric SUV that I hear personally looks great. looks like .
I’ve seen cool cars draw people to various events over the years, including Dell’s. Since I am thinking of buying one, I would have liked to see it at the fair. This isn’t to say what was on the show floor wasn’t impressive, but since the stuff wasn’t promoted I’ll bet it was missed by most of those in attendance, not to mention the people who attended remotely.
So I’m going to tell you what you missed. Then we close with my product of the week, a Ford electric crate motor for those of us who have classic cars but have run out of gas.
Office of the future
These events can be very expensive for me. I said Dell had a car in a previous Dell Technologies World. Although I should have also told them I bought that car (maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t have the Cadillac Lyriq on the floor!), but they had a desk that I now long for.
It was a prototype height-adjustable desk from Dell with inductive charging for your laptop and other wirelessly charged accessories, a connected monitor that also connected wirelessly, and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
The mess of wires on my own desk got old years ago, so the vision of a neat, uncluttered desk is extremely appealing. This desk was just a prototype, so my office budget will remain intact for now. But oh brother, if they ever put this on the market, I’m in.
Just because the Lyriq wasn’t on the show doesn’t mean they didn’t have cars. Dell is working with McLaren on Extreme E, so there was an Extreme E McLaren car on the floor. It was kind of funny because I noticed it didn’t have a front engine and I thought the car had four wheel drive. Then I noticed it didn’t have an engine in the back, which made me wonder how the hell it got power.
Fortunately, a Dell representative pointed out that the car was just a mockup, but I just had to go for it. Why this is still interesting is that as a new sport, Extreme E is extremely diverse, even bringing men and women together for every race team (most racing events favor male drivers). So this car had an environmental message (the cars are electric) and a diversity message.
Michael Dell and Dell Technologies have one of the industry’s leading diversity efforts. This car not only had incredible technology, but also the need for more diversity in the industry – along with a way to better address that problem.
Automated Farming Without Pesticides
There was a farm demonstration on the floor that was very impressive and beautifully presented by Chhandomay Mandal, Director of Solutions Marketing, Dell Technologies. The effort is computer-driven as a partnership between Dell and Nature Fresh Farms.
We are losing an enormous amount of agricultural land due to climate change. Not only does the vertical farming approach used at DTW this year significantly increase farming density (one hectare can produce what 10 hectares can produce horizontally), but if you go vertical I expect this density could increase even more.
Another fascinating part of this demonstration was the use of active insect management to ensure the crops are pollinated effectively, with insects doing the work that would otherwise be done with chemicals. Chemicals and fertilizers pollute our water resources. Switching to more natural methods should drastically reduce this type of contamination.
More food that’s better for you is a huge opportunity in this time of climate change. Unfortunately, this demonstration featured two foods that I don’t like: bell peppers (which make me sick) and tomatoes (which I only like in sauces, soup, and salsa). I wish they had chosen different food!
I was minding my own business walking on the floor when Kristi Kevern ran up to me and said there was an app I just had to see. Kristi is senior managing director, ethics and compliance at Dell Technologies. It was almost as if she knew that I was once an internal auditor for IBM and that I would have killed an app like this while I was working there.
Especially with new hires who come from areas where practices such as bribery are common (though illegal), you can often run into serious problems that can damage your brand, your relationship with regulators and land you in criminal legal trouble. This is often the result of people not understanding the rules, or that the rules in a US company can be very different as a result of US laws and enforcement than those of native companies.
I have also been responsible for firing employees who break strict ethical rules because they either just came out of school, or somehow never got the memo, or needed training before they made the mistake. There will always be employees who knowingly break rules and then claim they didn’t know. While I still believe those people should be terminated, termination has always seemed more unfair than effective to those who clearly didn’t know they were going outside the boundaries.
If you could give every employee an ethics app smart enough to answer a poorly worded ethics question and pinpoint the violation, it would not only save careers, it would protect the company brand from this class of mistakes and the excuse of “not knowing” of those employees who were gaming the system.
Just a great app.
Concept Luna is what every supplier should be working towards. It’s the first PC product I’ve seen that approaches the 100% recyclable/renewable goal.
By greatly reducing the number of screws in the product, using materials such as biologically produced plastics that break down naturally and safely when discarded, and providing an impressive path to upgrade or upgrade the product during its life cycle. To work, this effort should massively reduce the number of problematic materials going to landfills from existing laptop designs.
What was especially fascinating was how quickly this laptop could be stripped down into components, taking a small fraction of the usual time to disassemble and assemble the product for upgrade, repair, component reuse or disposal.
Today, no laptop is built like Concept Luna, but my hope, and the best hope for our technological future, is that every technical product will be built that way. If you like green technology products, this is basically the Holy Grail and should be a foundation for how these types of products will be built in the future.
Closing: One More Thing
There was a sixth product that caught my attention. Unfortunately, there was no one in the last booth I could talk to to get the details about this product – a sarcophagus designed to significantly aid cooling through immersion in thermal fluid.
The reefer container looked a bit like a cryogenic bedroom for space travel. Using a non-conductive coolant, this chamber can cool and protect your high-performance servers and workstations more effectively. It looked really cool, but since there was no one in the booth, I never got the backstory.
On the Dell Technologies World floor, there were at least six things that really appealed to me. They ranged from improving your office and food supply, to environmental and diverse racing, to preventing employees from making mistakes, to the ecological future of laptops, and a taste of the future of liquid-cooled hardware.
In short, I’ve seen a lot of the future at Dell Technologies World. I wish they had that Cadillac Lyriq, but maybe it’s better I don’t see it now, given the price increases of cars.
Ford Eluminator Mach E Electric Crate Motor
Those of us with classic cars have a problem, and that’s the cost and availability of gas. The cost of gas has been and continues to rise, and availability will continue to fall as countries switch from gas to electric power for vehicles.
We like the look, feel and experience of driving a classic car, but don’t like the hassle of gas, which not only gets very expensive but doesn’t store well and is tied to engine technology that is far too complex. on time. It’s bad now, but it’s getting worse.
But given the sheer amount of manufacturing required, converting to electric isn’t for the faint of heart or those who don’t have a lot of money. Currently priced at $4,095 in store, Ford’s new Eluminator electric motor is designed to be secured where an older internal combustion engine (ICE) is used, making the electrical conversion process much easier.
Eluminator electric motor from the 2021 Mustang Mach E GT Ford
Although this engine only has 281 horsepower (in line with many of the engines produced in the cars being converted), it can be combined with a second engine to get a much higher performance configuration. For now you still need to purchase a traction converter, control system and battery, but I expect these will eventually be included in future package solutions as they will be necessary for those who want a more integrated offering.
The Eluminator was recently showcased in a project by Zelectric Motors, which has also used Tesla motors to upgrade other cars. It represents more positive support for Ford’s Right to Repair movement, as it enables a process whereby an individual or independent auto shop can purchase this engine to repair or transform any car in need of replacement.
This engine is extremely popular and has been sold out for a year, so I won’t be able to use it on my own car project (yet) but that is on the schedule.
The electric crate motor Ford Eluminator Mach E will help those of us who want to keep driving our classic cars for much longer – and it’s my product of the week – although I too will probably wait until they get one too. crate battery†
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