Apple's iPad changed the supply chain, now MS Windows 8 tablets are going to do the same.
In February, I contributed to the 2.67 percent of all global traffic accessing the Internet through Microsoft's latest Windows 8 operating system (OS), after purchasing a Surface Pro tablet with touch screen. Adoption grew that month from 2.26 percent in January, according to web tracker NetApplications, which jumped 1.72 percent in December 2012, sequentially.
While Windows 8 now sits in fourth place just behind Windows 7 at 44.55 percent, Windows XP at 38.99 percent and Windows Vista at 5.17 percent, the slight sequential rise last month points to changes in the electronics industry that will inevitably occur through a more intuitive OS. It will change the electronics industry and its manufacturing supply chain through touch.
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.