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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 ...

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....

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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...

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 ...

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...

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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 | 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.

Subminiature fuses feature highly compact surface-mountable packages

December 29, 2014 2:51 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced two new series of its popular NANO2 Subminiature Fuse, each of which provides surge tolerance and circuit protection against overload conditions for downstream components. Both feature highly compact ...

Wi-Fi range extenders boost coverage by up to 10,000 sq ft

December 29, 2014 2:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the debut of two new, first-of-their-kind, high power, ultra-fast AC1200 and AC1750, plug-in Wi-Fi range extenders. The REC22A and REC33A are easy to install; simply plug them into any wall outlet, and after ...

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Universal PMIC offers up to 40V input

December 29, 2014 1:16 pm | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR77129, a quad output programmable Universal PMIC with an input operating voltage range of 6V to 40V. Its patented control architecture is well-suited for 40V inputs using a 17-bit wide PID voltage mode ...

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 ...

The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

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

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 ...

Leading the bionic age

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

How to connect the "other 3 billion" people

December 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For those of us who are constantly connected to the grid, living without the Internet may be a difficult concept to grasp, but the reality is that more than three billion people lack the proper access to the Internet. In attempts to connect the “other three billion" ...

Bluetooth transmitters can be configured in 9 different languages

December 22, 2014 3:49 pm | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

The UWBT Series of Bluetooth transmitters from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) combine the accuracy of an industrial sensor/transmitter with the convenience of smartphones and tablets. It measures different sensor inputs such as thermocouple, RTD, relative humidity ...

600 Watt universal power supply features metal enclosure

December 22, 2014 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) announces the addition to their TRACO Power portfolio of the new 600 Watt TXH 600 Series of 12 to 54VDC output power supplies with universal input of 90–264VAC active power factor correction or ...

DC/DC converters designed for electric vehicle applications

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announces the EVD-450 Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically for electric vehicle applications. The input range options for the EVD-450 are 30 – 65VDC, 60 – 90VDC, and ...

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 ...

EMI-protected ethernet switch includes 6-port arrangement

December 22, 2014 2:33 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the newest addition to its groundbreaking family of ultra-small form factor (USFF) network switches, the Parvus DuraNET 20-12 6-port 10/100 Ethernet switch ...

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