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Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
Blog  
3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
dotLEDs Are Built for Wearables
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   10 comments
Plessey has introduced dotLEDS, which could work in the growing wearables market until OLEDs come down in price.
Interoperability in Healthcare Tech Could Save $30 Billion
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   7 comments
A new research paper is urging the healthcare industry to work more closely together in order to foster more interoperability, especially when it comes to promoting new technologies within the field.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Measuring Motor & Spindle Runout Is Easier
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
If you’re looking for a high-resolution capacitive position sensor for such high dynamic measurements as motor and spindle runout, look no further.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
Blog  
3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Facebook Buys Oculus VR: What's Next?
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   11 comments
Virtual friends socializing in virtual reality? There's a headset for that.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Continental Cranks Up Radar Sensor Production
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   1 comment
In a move to put pressure on Bosch, Continental is stepping up its production of short-range radar sensors for the US automotive market.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   14 comments
Florida Hospital Celebration Health improves nurse scheduling, productivity with sensors that track workflows and patterns.
Medical Device Recalls Growing at Slower Pace Than Industry
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   3 comments
Recalls of medical devices always make for good headlines. However, recent reports show that the number of these recalls is actually on the decline.
IoT Cloud Blooms, Says EE Live! Speaker
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   9 comments
The range of IoT markets and protocols are challenges for those linking smart systems to the Net, says a cloud IoT executive speaking at EE Live!
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
A Snappy Approach to Low-Cost Wearable Displays
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   3 comments
A company in the UK is putting its own unique stamp on wearables with an early look at a wristband display that takes the idea of the smartwatch to a different level. However, the device might need NFC technology to make a difference.
Volvo Road Magnets Tell Autonomous Cars Where to Go
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   5 comments
Self-driving cars are starting to become a reality, but what about the roads themselves? Volvo is looking to implant magnets into roadways to help autonomous automobiles maneuver through the streets.
Touch, 300x Faster Than Human Perception
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2014   Post a comment
While the technology was developed for gaming, a 40-microsecond capacitive multi-touch sensor just might have applications across many industries.
MEMS Combo Market Growth Spurred by Mobile, Wearables
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Growth of MEMS sensors has exploded recently. IHS research finds that growth, driven by use in mobile devices, is likely to continue.
Project Morpheus Is Sony's Prototype VR Headset
News & Analysis  
3/19/2014   1 comment
At this week's GDC 2014 expo, Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, the company's long-rumored virtual reality add-on for the PlayStation.
NC State Research Points the Way to More Energy-Efficient Devices
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   1 comment
In a paper, researchers from North Carolina State University describe how they were able to reduce the coercivity of NFO films. Eventually, this could lead to more energy-efficient sensors, antennas, and other devices.
Thin-Film Sensors to Integrate Process Monitoring
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3/18/2014   Post a comment
In Germany, a team of researchers is coating the machines with non-wearing, thin-film sensors to help improve the manufacturing process.
IoT Meets Cars: Security Threats Ahead
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   1 comment
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
Blog  
3/17/2014   10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Has Indoor Navigation Lost Its Way?
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   11 comments
In the MEMS market, indoor navigation seemed like a good bet just a few years ago, but times have changed. Now, it seems that smartphone makers may drop pressure sensors from their designs.
MEMS Panel Outlines Opportunity & Threat
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   1 comment
At the MEMS Executive Congress Europe show in Germany, panelists debated the latest developments in the field, including new opportunities, falling average selling prices, and how long it will take for the Internet of Things market to mature.
Embedded V2X Systems Hinge on US Regulations
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   6 comments
The global market for Vehicle to X embedded systems could reach nearly 19 million units by 2020, but that depends on the rules the US Department of Transportation implements.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
News & Analysis  
3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
New Med App Tackles Maternal Health Improvements
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   4 comments
Dubbed the Phone Oximeter, a new mobile app has garnered funding and is poised to provide an affordable option to developing nations.
MEMS Sensors Address Airbags, Body Applications
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   1 comment
Bosch has released two new sensor lines that look to address needs in the automotive industry, including airbag deployment and driver assistance.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
IoT Pulse Checked at EE Live!
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   1 comment
A market researcher will report at EE Live! whether engineers are increasing or dialing back their expectations for the Internet of Things.
Fairchild Acquires Body Motion Capture Firm Xsens: Report
News & Analysis  
3/7/2014   6 comments
Fairchild is reportedly buying Xsens, a private company based in the Netherlands, which specializes in 3D motion tracking technology that uses MEMS inertial sensors.
Wearable Ring for Gesture Control
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   9 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.
Digital Current Sensor IC Targets Industrial Apps
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/5/2014   Post a comment
Allegro just rolled out what it claims is the first digital current sensor that targets power monitoring, servers, and telecom apps that need digital current sensing and reporting through an I2C bus.
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.


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