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Monday, April 09, 2018

Free app on phones helps engineers with data

By Nick Flaherty

RS Components (RS) has launched a completely new version of its free app that gives engineers a single point of access to common electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools in an easy-to-use format.

The DesignSpark Toolbox app is available for iOS as well as Android and Windows for the first time, and was developed in conjunction with Marcus Roskosch, the creator of a range of highly successful apps for engineers. It replaces the RS Toolbox app, which was introduced in 2013 for iOS.

DesignSpark Toolbox offers a range of functions grouped as icons on the main screen, including engineering calculators, converters and lookup tables. These include filter frequency calculators, a 555 timer configurator, calculators for a variety of voltage regulators and op-amps, and essential tools such as numbering systems converters, an Ohm’s Law calculator, and lookup tables for battery types and sizes. The app is customisable and is available in 17 different languages.

Users will also be able to access many DesignSpark community features within the app, placing thousands of member-contributed articles and projects at their disposal, covering everything from Arduino and Raspberry Pi to IoT and Blockchain.

The ‘Make’ section provides the perfect place to keep track of projects on the go with sections to store website links, images, technical documents and more. There is even access to the new DesignSpark Marketplace, where makers and start-ups can buy and sell their creations.

The app aims to support engineers, makers and students by aiding design, BOM, procurement and stock keeping. In addition to the common calculation tools and component comparison tables it incorporates product search, barcode scanning, reference materials, 3D models and much more.

“This app places a vast amount of component data and online calculations at the fingertips of engineers, students and makers, enabling them to exploit creativity and innovation,” said Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark at RS. “It is yet another example of our mission at DesignSpark to deliver free, high-performance tools that make the design process faster, easier and more affordable.”

“We have listened to feedback from our members with regards to our previous app, and in particular their desire for an Android version, and improved functionality," he said. "Thankfully we have now been able to deliver both for them, along with access to many DesignSpark features on their mobile devices. The app will always be free-of-charge to support our community, and will be regularly updated in the future to offer more and more functionality.”

The DesignSpark Toolbox App is available to download now from:

App Store (iOS):
Google Play (Android):
Microsoft Store (Windows):

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