Top 10 smartphone innovations of 2011 Blog 12/30/2011 26 comments As smartphones become ever more ubiquitous and the speed of mobile innovation increases exponentially month by month, keeping track of the big innovations over a full year can seem a futile task. The changes, once recorded seem almost incremental when looked at through the year’s rear view mirror.
Now that they have our attention! Automotive DesignLine Blog 12/16/2011 65 comments NTSB's recommended banning of cell phone use in cars has certainly focused debate about distracted driving causes. (And listen here to a discussion with the chairman of the board.)
It makes you want to cry… Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 12/16/2011 7 comments One of the big news items in England at the moment is the cost and size of the security operation for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics, which are to be held in London…
Chronic Christmas gadget conundrum Blog 12/14/2011 23 comments According to Accenture, customers returning electronics products will cost “U.S. consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers nearly $17 billion this year, an increase of 21 percent since 2007.”
Top 10 innovative USBs and peripherals Blog 12/14/2011 22 comments The following list takes a look at some of the more innovative, original and flamboyant USBs and USB peripherals, ranging from the secure and practical right through to the gimmicky and flamboyant.
Google doodle celebrates Robert Noyce Blog 12/12/2011 16 comments The doodle for Dec. 12, 2011 on www.google.com celebrates 84 years since the birth the Robert Noyce, one of the inventors of the integrated circuit and a co-founder of both Fairchild Corp. and Intel Corp.
Top 10 CE innovation gadgets at CES Blog 12/9/2011 25 comments The Consumer Electronics Association will present its choices of Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award honorees at the upcoming 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The awards comprise outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times