Wearable Ring for Gesture Control News & Analysis 3/5/2014 6 comments Logbar believes it has created "one ring to rule them all." The company is currently trying to get its wearable device mass produced for sale later this year.
Intel Reportedly Buying Smartwatch Startup News & Analysis 3/4/2014 2 comments Intel may have purchased smartphone startup Basis, as part of the tech giant’s new focus on wearables and the Internet of Things. San Francisco-based Basis may have sold for between $100 -$150 million.
IoT Plus Google Analytics: What a Combo Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/27/2014 1 comment Usable and targeted data is much needed in the burgeoning industrial IoT arena, where data abounds, but the ability to customize and analyze is slower to catch up.
Tronics Prototypes Piezoresistive 6DOF Sensor News & Analysis 2/26/2014 Post a comment Tronics Microsystems SA (Grenoble, France) has designed and manufactured its first batch of 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips based on piezoresistive nanowire technology licensed from research institute CEA-Leti.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers Blog 2/25/2014 22 comments The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
Big Data 4x Faster Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/13/2014 Post a comment Scientists at IBM set a new speed record for Big Data that they say will improve Internet speeds to 200 – 400 Gb/s and do it at low power.
Simplify the Complexity of M2M Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/13/2014 2 comments The new industrial control made possible by M2M pushes the envelope of traditional supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma' Blog 2/10/2014 1 comment Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Top 10 Sensor Trends to Watch Slideshow 2/10/2014 22 comments Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk News & Analysis 2/5/2014 23 comments In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap News & Analysis 1/31/2014 15 comments MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display News & Analysis 1/27/2014 8 comments After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B News & Analysis 1/14/2014 45 comments Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off' News & Analysis 1/9/2014 11 comments Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
CEVA Gains from MediaTek’s Global Plan News & Analysis 1/9/2014 9 comments MediaTek unveiled a multimode LTE chipset. MediaTek also announced a partnership with VIA Telecom for integrating CDMA2000 into its upcoming “worldphone” SoC, which in turn will allow CEVA to move into MediaTek’s SoC big-time.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It Blog 1/8/2014 22 comments Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
10 Top IoT Stories of 2013 News & Analysis 1/8/2014 5 comments Internet of Things articles on security, low-cost dev boards, Intel's Quark, and reports from a handful of conferences won the most clicks in 2013.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design News & Analysis 1/6/2014 5 comments Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
3M Ramps Touch Sensor Film Capabilities Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 1/2/2014 1 comment 3M plans to aggressively ramp up its touch sensor film manufacturing capacity worldwide to more than 600,000 square meters per month this year. To feed the production capacity, it just announced a rollout of three film products.
10 Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm Slideshow 1/2/2014 12 comments Design News's latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles, and some that emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
Low-Power eCompass Modules Used in Xiaomi Handsets News & Analysis 12/17/2013 1 comment STMicroelectronics recently introduced its LSM303D accelerometer and magnetometer combo module to Xiaomi (Mi1S). The device meets minimal size constraints and allows significant reductions in power consumption without compromising performance in other areas.
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi News & Analysis 12/16/2013 12 comments Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes Blog 12/11/2013 7 comments The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.