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Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

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The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 9:58 am | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

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Integrated controls and awareness define smart lighting

December 29, 2014 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?

December 29, 2014 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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Why Beacon is the next big thing in wireless

December 29, 2014 5:35 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

During the year of 2014, the word beacon was redefined. If you know the word iBeacon technology, you probably know what I’m talking about. I could spend many pages describing the various opportunities with beacons although allow me to try to summarize the most ...

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Leading the bionic age

December 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Comments

The bionic age is no longer the workings of a far-fetched sci-fi movie; it’s here, now. We have experienced the first bionic eye and limbs. These technologies merge human capabilities with machines. They transform how we live, and who we are. They are ...

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CES: A doorway to the future of the smarthome and Internet of Things

December 23, 2014 1:21 pm | 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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Ethernet will supplant legacy industrial IoT technologies

December 22, 2014 3:32 pm | 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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IoT: Ensuring security is in place

December 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Comments

As we start 2015, the forecasts and market projections for IoT are already increasing by multiple billions of devices it appears, almost on a daily basis. The industry is ramping up, and with an already initial foundation of a few billion smartphones, tablets, and ...

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IoT: Adapt to change!

December 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Comments

In early 2015, the adoption of IoT appears to one of the most predicted events of consumer electronics; the sheer numbers of articles predicting the IoT explosion are in themselves reaching record numbers. The predictions show that not only will ...

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Innovators beware: Dangerous intersection ahead

December 22, 2014 8:42 am | by Neal Thornberry, Ph.D. | Comments

Innovation is not for the faint of heart, as Galileo learned when he said that the Earth revolved around the sun. He was scorned, threatened with death and eventually put under lifetime house arrest. Innovators are not always welcome guests even ...

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How you can replace wires with Bluetooth Smart

December 22, 2014 5:30 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

Wires, piles of dusty dirty wires. There is no love for wires. The solution is obviously to get rid of them. Or more easily, replace them by using wireless connectivity solutions instead. There are many wireless protocols to reliably compensate for the loss of the expensive copper...

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What led an architect's daughter to a neural lab

December 19, 2014 3:09 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Meghan Burkhart, a student working on research at Missouri State University.I work under Dr. Younger and Dr. Redd on research with neural networks for analog computers at Missouri State University. I am currently seeking a dual degree of Physics and electrical engineering ...

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Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

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NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

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