Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car Blog 9/12/2014 3 comments New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
Drone Fun & Teardown at ARM TechCon Blog 9/11/2014 4 comments A mini-drone will be dissected by IoT World's editor in chief at ARM Techcon this year and then some lucky audience member will win a new drone for his or her own tinkering fun.
Are Formal Apps a Trojan Horse? Blog 9/10/2014 11 comments Formal verification has threatened to become mainstream almost forever. However, could it be that “formal apps” are the disguised guest that finally see us realize the Kathryn Kranen prediction that “formal will dominate verification”?
3D Printer Says Open IP to Make Cool Things Blog 9/10/2014 Post a comment Hasbro and Shapeways embarked on a new venture maybe never before attempted by a major brand: allowing fan art to flourish. Duann Scott of 3D-printing platform vendor Shapeways tells how mutually successful the venture was in his talk "Opening Up IP to Make Really Cool Things" at Designer of Things conference.
Apple Watch Misnomer: Wireless Charging Blog 9/9/2014 9 comments The Apple Watch also came out at Apple's grand debutante ball for the next-gen iPhone. The Cult of Apple may be the kick in pants the smartwatch market needs, but this watch's charging method does little to advance the wireless charging standards battle.
Apple of Greenpeace's Eye? Blog 9/9/2014 1 comment Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Aging Brass: New Book Explains All Max’s Cool Beans 9/9/2014 16 comments A new book -- Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths -- contains page after page of pictures and descriptions of the treatments that were used to get the effects you see.
Wearables Wrapup: IFA, Unpacked & Motorola Launch Announcements Blog 9/8/2014 Post a comment Last week was a whirlwind of product launches for wearable tech as a couple of big events were held around the world. Asus, Sony, Samsung, and Motorola unveiled technology you can wear on your wrists, your face, and even your ears. We recap the wearables you can expect from these companies this year.
Introducing Flexoelectricity Blog 9/8/2014 5 comments Flexoelectricity is a rather obscure effect whereby a dielectric can become electrically polarized when bent and, conversely, can bend when polarized -- sort of like the piezoelectric effect, but different.
Tuning in Spectrum's White Space Blog 9/8/2014 3 comments Dynamic Spectrum Access technologies have evolved significantly in and out of the lab in the past decade, but more work remains to bring the approach to mainstream use.
Review: Kickstarter Board Is Processor Chameleon Blog 9/4/2014 3 comments PIEP Board, still in its Kickstarter funding campaign, is a new compact, modular, embedded development tool that allows a convenient way to combine the choice of different processor architectures. Here's a sneak peek.
Optimizing Dynamic Response via Digital Control Blog 9/3/2014 Post a comment With digital control it becomes possible for the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application and significantly improve and optimize the dynamic response performance and/or reduce required decoupling capacitance.