Smartphone Senses Anything
News & Analysis 1/5/2017 3 comments
International cooperation between the U.S., Israel and China has resulted in the world's first smartphone with a built-in spectrometer that can sense almost any kind of substance.
Biometrics Won't Kill Passwords
News & Analysis 12/15/2016 2 comments
The password will not be replaced by biometrics measurements of fingerprints, facial features, the iris, the veins of palm or speech-signature recognition until all of these technologies are matured in the consumer market circa 2030.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems
News & Analysis 11/11/2016 Post a comment
At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a universal solution for testing vehicle keys and the associated electronic control units with their various wireless technologies. Thanks to the modular and scalable approach, the test system can be used to test at the printed board and device level in all product phases -- from development to product qualification to mass production.
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
News & Analysis 11/10/2016 7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Germany Hits Tesla, Raises Bigger Issues
News & Analysis 10/17/2016 16 comments
The German Transport Minister requested Tesla to stop advertising its EV’s Autopilot function. The question is whether this is a result of concerted efforts by German automakers “looking for a way to ‘clip Tesla’s wings,’ asked one analyst.
Deep Learning: Achilles Heel in Robo-Car Tests
News & Analysis 10/3/2016 5 comments
Advancements in machine learning have made autonomous driving almost a near reality. But when it comes to “safety testing,” machine learning is the Achilles Heel of autonomous driving. Safety experts are finding several “holes” in DoT’s Automated Policy.
Topic Teardown: Fed's Robo-Car Policy
News & Analysis 9/28/2016 1 comment
It’s been a week since the Department of Transportation unveiled its ground-breaking policy on autonomous cars. Here are five issues in the Fed’s policy that are likely to trigger hot debates among automakers during the coming comment period.
Robo-Car's Safety Challenges DoT
News & Analysis 9/21/2016 27 comments
The federal policy places self-driving cars directly under the purview of federal regulators. Stripped from the privilege of “self-certifying” their vehicles, carmakers will need “pre-market approval” from the DoT. The key question, however, is testing of AI cars’ safety.
Watson for the Masses
News & Analysis 8/18/2016 1 comment
The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
EPA Crowdsources Pollution Sensing
News & Analysis 8/11/2016 Post a comment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing $4.5 million in grants to six universities to deploy air pollution sensor networks and educate the public how to use them to reduce it.
Next-Gen IoT Consortium Launches
News & Analysis 8/5/2016 4 comments
Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) to form a consortium for microelectromechanical system (MEMS, including Delta Electronics, Inc., InvenSense Inc., Standing Egg Inc., STATS ChipPAC Limited, ULVAC, Inc.) and silicon photonics packaging breakthroughs (including Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Fujikura Ltd., Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and NTT).
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry
News & Analysis 7/19/2016 Post a comment
Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.