Spectrum Should Be Shared Blog 4/30/2014 11 comments Regulators need to adopt new approaches to allocating spectrum in shared, dynamic ways, given the rising tsunami of mobile data.
The Quirks of Quarks Blog 4/30/2014 Post a comment Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel, and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel. These behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of “force,” but not after you read this article.
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name? Blog 4/29/2014 27 comments Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
Taking Bored Out of Board Meetings Blog 4/28/2014 4 comments A group of outsiders, often with limited experience in the targeted market segment, spend 4 hours a month thinking about your company and then tell you, the CEO, who is dedicated 24/7 to the enterprise, what you're doing wrong. How can that be boring?
How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell? Break Points 4/24/2014 6 comments Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
ASIC Improves Motion Control Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/24/2014 Post a comment In order to control speed and positioning, drive controllers require high-resolution magnetic or optical position sensors.
Sensors Combat Corrosion Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/24/2014 Post a comment The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre and Deakin University of Australia are working on an innovative sensor able to monitor corrosion-related pipeline damage.
The USB Keys in the Urinal The Engineering Life - Around the Web 4/23/2014 3 comments Sometimes it's the people on the inside, not the outside, who unwittingly present the biggest security threat.
The Death of the Smartphone Blog 4/23/2014 28 comments Carrying four devices -- PC, smartphone, tablet, and wearable -- only leads to more confusion. The question is which device to retire from the fleet. Charlie Cheng says the smartphone is the most vulnerable.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard Blog 4/23/2014 2 comments It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps? Blog 4/22/2014 4 comments Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 4 Max’s Cool Beans 4/22/2014 16 comments Before Max actually starts to create the front panel for a project like his BADASS Display, he first creates a paper and cardboard prototype.
Embedding Vision: Training Resources Blog 4/19/2014 Post a comment Though it's still early days in heterogeneous processing platforms -- a key element in creating vision systems -- the upcoming Embedded Vision Summit is a good resource for learning the state of the art.
Life Without DropBox? Unthinkable! Max’s Cool Beans 4/18/2014 18 comments Once you've installed the DropBox app on your computers, anytime you create or edit a file on one machine, that file is automatically replicated on all of your other machines.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line? Blog 4/18/2014 44 comments Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.