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
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts News & Analysis 6/25/2015 2 comments Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017 News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4 Blog 6/17/2015 Post a comment The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
22 Views of an Augmented World Slideshow 6/12/2015 2 comments This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class News & Analysis 5/15/2015 Post a comment Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed News & Analysis 5/2/2015 Post a comment On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens News & Analysis 4/29/2015 Post a comment In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
Samsung Details its Flex Display News & Analysis 4/22/2015 1 comment Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications News & Analysis 4/2/2015 3 comments The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR Blog 3/26/2015 9 comments When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity News & Analysis 3/18/2015 16 comments Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
18 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar News & Analysis 2/10/2015 4 comments Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015 Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Startup Expands 3D to the Room News & Analysis 1/23/2015 Post a comment With still 26 days to go, Kickstarter project Immersis from French startup Catopsys has almost reached its funding goal of USD100.000, promising to turn any room into a fully immersive 3D interactive environment.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly News & Analysis 1/22/2015 Post a comment Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms News & Analysis 1/21/2015 20 comments Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
AMD Upbeat Despite $330M Loss News & Analysis 1/20/2015 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices today announced revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 and year end. Despite large operating losses, AMD officials were hopeful about the company’s trajectory for 2015.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module News & Analysis 1/7/2015 13 comments Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
5 Bluetooth Devices for the Body at CES Slideshow 1/6/2015 2 comments Bluetooth Sig's pre-CES media event showcased the latest most interesting Bluetooth-enabled devices: wearables and fitness devices were the stars of the show, with a few neat medical applications making waves.
Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module News & Analysis 12/18/2014 4 comments Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT News & Analysis 12/12/2014 35 comments NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
Exclusive NIST Tour Shows Off Quantum Physics' ARTIQ Slideshow 12/5/2014 1 comment In part one of an exclusive interview, the National Institute for Science and Technology explains ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) -- an open-source control system for laser-cooled trapped ion experiments.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass News & Analysis 12/1/2014 11 comments The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health News & Analysis 11/13/2014 3 comments Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes News & Analysis 11/11/2014 3 comments AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
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