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This is a jaw-dropping view of Andromeda

January 7, 2015 11:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

This is the definition of breathtaking. Earlier this week, NASA released the sharpest large composite image ever taken of Andromeda. Though this galaxy is technically our neighbor, it's also over 2 million light-years away, which makes this picture even more incredible...

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A note from ECN's Editor

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

With the craziness of the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, it's time to look forward to 2015 and the ECN IMPACT Awards! These awards, now in their second year, are designed with the idea that companies doing impressive work in the engineering world should be recognized for their achievements.

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CES 2015: Ethernet will supplant legacy industrial IoT technologies

January 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Comments

Conceived over four decades ago as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology, Ethernet has come a long way from its humble origins. Ethernet is now the dominant standard network protocol to deliver wired and wireless high-bandwidth ...

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CES 2015: A doorway to the future of the smart home and Internet of Things

January 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change – this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and dedicating the Sands Expo facility ...

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CES 2015: Is the Internet of Things too low-concept for consumers?

January 7, 2015 10:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

The Internet of Things will connect the world as never before, and the tech is burning up the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. But I’m forced to ponder whether the Internet of Things is too low-concept for the average Joe....

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This 3D-printed dress will fight off strangers

January 6, 2015 5:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Germaphobes rejoice! There is, at long last, a clothing option designed especially with you in mind. Well, at least if you're okay with wearing a terrifying contraption. Objectively speaking, the look of this dress alone should have people keeping their distance from you, but since...

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The evolution of wireless networks

January 6, 2015 4:09 pm | by NJIT | Comments

Over the years wireless signals have advanced from theoretical observations to a readily applied science that plays a major role in many aspects of modern life. Wireless communication became possible thanks to the discovery of radio waves in 1880, which led to the first...

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14 best engineering shows on Netflix

January 6, 2015 12:39 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Comments

So you didn’t plan to be spending the weekend inside. Or maybe you did, but post-Holiday television is even more terrible than you had initially anticipated. No worries! Netflix to the rescue! For cabin-feverish engineers and engineering students out there, here’s a quick...

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Integrated controls and awareness define smart lighting

January 6, 2015 9:45 am | by Tom Griffiths, Marketing Manager, Sensor Driven Lighting for ams’ Emerging Sensing Strategies group | Comments

With the label “smart” being applied to everything from phones to houses to snack foods, it’s fair to expect that everyone’s definition of smart lighting may not be quite the same. For more than a century, the architectural paradigm for controllable lighting has been ...

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If you talk to your thermostat, will it listen?

January 6, 2015 9:06 am | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Comments

Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats and home appliances, a completely ...

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CES 2015 will be the Internet of Things’ coming-out party

January 5, 2015 8:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

CES — now in its 48th year! — has always been the premier showcase for new and emerging technologies. While several heavyweights, including Microsoft, have bowed out (and Apple never had a presence), the show is bigger than ever with 150,000 attendees....

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Design challenges for wearables

January 5, 2015 8:35 am | by Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS Industry Group | Comments

This holiday season, most of my friends/family received some form of wearable device as a gift. Even my 84-year-old dad is joining the wearable bandwagon and is finally giving himself what should probably be termed the original “wearable” -- a hearing aid. As executive...

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The key to using Bluetooth Smart in asset tracking

January 5, 2015 5:45 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

Asset tracking can conventionally mean many things but in general it’s about keeping track of objects, which could be anything from containers crossing the Atlantic Ocean safely to making sure fire extinguishers stay put at schools. How can Bluetooth® make asset tracking easier...

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Improving consumer experience through enhanced mobile connectivity

January 4, 2015 3:11 pm | by Vikas Paliwal, Senior Business Development Manager, Mixed-Signal Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components | Comments

With the advent of multiple mobile connectivity solutions, users have come to realize the benefits of a range of wireless technologies — each tailored to perform the specific task at hand in the best possible manner. Although 2015 will continue to be ...

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How do natural disasters affect your supply chain?

January 2, 2015 4:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

Supply chains must be dependable, quick, and affordable, but real life often gets in the way and supply chains can be disrupted by human error, natural disasters, or even something as simple as a truck breaking down. It’s a balancing act between price and efficiency, but sometimes it’s a fight against nature itself.

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