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Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

IoT: Ensuring security is in place

January 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | 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!

January 8, 2015 1:38 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | 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 ...

Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

This is a jaw-dropping view of Andromeda

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

A note from ECN's Editor

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

CES 2015: Ethernet will supplant legacy industrial IoT technologies

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

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

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

This 3D-printed dress will fight off strangers

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

The evolution of wireless networks

January 6, 2015 4:09 pm | by NJIT | Blogs | 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...

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 | Blogs | 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 | Blogs | 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 ...

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

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

Design challenges for wearables

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

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 | Blogs | 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...

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 | Blogs | 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 ...

How do natural disasters affect your supply chain?

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

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 29, 2014 10:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Your friends at ECN and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards ...

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

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | 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 ...

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 | Blogs | 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 ...

Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

How you can replace wires with Bluetooth Smart

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