Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
News & Analysis 11/25/2015 6 comments
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Smartphone Shipments up 15% in 3Q15
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smartphones was 353 million units in 3Q15, up 15.5 percent over the same period in 2014. For mobile phones in total the market was 478 million units in 3Q15, an increase of 3.7 percent over a year before.
Finnish Startup Develops 1mm Thin Optics for Augmented Reality
News & Analysis 11/16/2015 Post a comment
Founded a month ago as a spin-off from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, startup Dispelix Oy has developed special gratings and optical waveguides that can route any image from a display engine located in the frame of smart spectacles, directly to the wearer's retina.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses
News & Analysis 11/13/2015 Post a comment
Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
MEMS Shrinking Near Microscopic
News & Analysis 10/27/2015 Post a comment
The mCube three-axis accelerometer is the smallest in the world by a wide margin due to its use of regular vias between the MEMS on CMOS style of ASIC resulting in a size of just 0.9 cubic millimeters.
IBM's Watson Tackles Sports
News & Analysis 10/22/2015 12 comments
IBM has partnered with Triax Technologies, Spare5 and 113 Industries to bring Watson's sports expertise to the playing field.
Organics To Extend Moore's Law
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 9 comments
Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
Neuromorphic Chip Market to Rise
News & Analysis 9/24/2015 31 comments
Markets-and-Markets predicts that the neuromorphic chip market will finally take off in 2016, after repeated such predictions every decade since 1980.
3D Printed Parts Help Regenerate Nerves
News & Analysis 9/21/2015 Post a comment
For the first time ever, regrowth of nerve complexes has been demonstrated in rats by creating a custom 3-D scaffold shaped like the missing nerves and "seeding" it with biochemicals that promote both sensory an motor nerve regeneration.
Smart Prosthetics to Learn Mind Reading
News & Analysis 9/11/2015 3 comments
Smart prosthetics, where the prostetic learns to read the human brain's signals instead of the human learning the prosthetic's signals, is the focus of a project sponsored by the directors of the European Union's Human Brain Project, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Smart Inks Monitor Glucose
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are working toward the holy grail of sensor technology – non-invasive glucose testing. A team at the school’s Jacobs School of Engineering developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose, to create temporary sensors.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
IBM mbed with ARM
News & Analysis 9/4/2015 4 comments
IBM is mbed with ARM over connecting Internet of Things devices, using IBM's IoT for Electronics service for mobile, automotive, medical, Smart TVs, appliances or anything else with electronics to IBM's cloud for device management, running analytics in realtime so archives are not just raw data and guaranteeing security with sophisticated deep risk management.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 10 comments
A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
Intel RealSense Gets Real
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments
Intel getting real about its 3-D RealSense technology that mimics the human brain to allow developer to perceive the surrounding world and make sense of what it sees.
Tablet Shipments on the Wane
News & Analysis 7/6/2015 5 comments
Analysts expect decline for 2015 amid consumer market saturation; hope for improvement lies in emerging markets and the enterprise segment.
Merck Buys Display Quantum Dot Company
News & Analysis 6/30/2015 Post a comment
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced it is acquiring Qlight Nanotech Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel), a developer of nanocrystalline materials for lighting and display applications.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.