Can we think past the ‘ban’? An ancillaries approach
Aravind Ramachandran

Can we think past the ‘ban’? An ancillaries approach

​ The dynamics of air travel are changing – drastically and rapidly. Recent policy decisions in the interest of passenger security have far reaching consequences in terms of convenience, especially when it comes to business travelers. The simplest way to describe the new policy, which is applicable for flights originating from the Middle East and North Africa regions and heading to the United States or United Kingdom , is that laptop computers and tablets (with screen size of 16 cm or more) will no longer be allowed in cabin baggage. However, they can be carried in checked baggage. In a sense,...
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Listen to machines and hear their troubles!
Aravind Ramachandran

Listen to machines and hear their troubles!

"That doesn't sound right!" No matter how advanced machines get, this line will always represent the lower bound for human abilities to identify mechanical issues. Whether it is a $100 blender, a $1000 air conditioner, a $100,000 sports car or even a $10,000,000 aircraft, revving it up must not only feel good, but also sound good to give you full assurance that it is working perfectly. If it sounds a bit off, the logical conclusion is that something's amiss and you need to take a closer look. Interestingly, this is the basis for a growing diagnostics model, where sensors literally 'listen' to ...
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