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.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups News & Analysis 4/30/2014 2 comments Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Google Car's Next Move News & Analysis 4/30/2014 11 comments Most impressive about the video clip posted by Google is how neatly Google Car’s computer vision organizes what it sees on streets into separate, independent boxes, according to IHS analyst.
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.
Is It Secure to Use BLE in Cars? News & Analysis 4/29/2014 25 comments How secure is Bluetooth Smart inside cars? The Bluetooth SIG is working behind the scenes to plug some security holes in Bluetooth Smart, and it's not quite finished.
Sensors Beyond Megapixels Slideshow 4/25/2014 24 comments Cameras installed everywhere aren't there simply for watching you. They exist to help people, systems, and machines make decisions and take action. For machine vision, more megapixels aren't necessarily the answer.
IBM Power 8 Gains User, Skeptic News & Analysis 4/24/2014 9 comments Open relationships may be the future, and IBM is one of 26 industry leaders placing bets as part of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on its POWER 8 processor. There is skepticism around whether an open model can be successful in the competitive server market.
Spansion Expands Auto-Grade Flash Lineup News & Analysis 4/24/2014 9 comments As car OEMs' appetite for advanced driver assistance systems and more elaborate infotainment systems soars, Spansion is beefing up its flash memory lineup to meet the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements.
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.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore News & Analysis 4/22/2014 12 comments Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Wearable Contest Takes to the Air News & Analysis 4/22/2014 Post a comment Wearable World, a San Francisco-based wearable Internet of Things startup, announced a competition in partnership with American Airlines for developers interested travel technology. The two-part competition begins June 6 in San Francisco with a final round on July 11 at San Francisco International Airport; winners will get to work on their device with the airline.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables? News & Analysis 4/21/2014 7 comments Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
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.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor News & Analysis 4/17/2014 2 comments In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors News & Analysis 4/17/2014 1 comment Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018 News & Analysis 4/17/2014 1 comment By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
The Big Fat Indian Election Blog 4/16/2014 6 comments Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 6 comments Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
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.