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Bluetooth Smart for connected gadgets

January 14, 2014 4:56 pm | by Sid Shaw, worldwide business and marketing manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology as part of the Bluetooth specification v4.0 has tremendously expanded the types of products using Bluetooth connectivity. Designed from the very beginning for ultra-low power, Bluetooth low energy uses short bursts of data transmission instead of a continuous stream....

Company releases world’s lowest profile active and passive antennas

January 14, 2014 11:21 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Parsec Technologies announced that a combination of the companies’ technologies results in the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna. For host devices able to accommodate higher volumetric symmetry, assembly of the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm volume.

'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer

January 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.

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Gadget Watch: iPhone case lets you see heat

January 13, 2014 10:18 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Remember the alien with heat vision in the movie "Predator"? You, too, can now stalk people in the jungle by their heat signatures — or check your home's insulation for leaks, whichever is most useful to you. FLIR Systems Inc. is launching its first consumer product, an iPhone jacket that contains a heat camera.

Single Chip Wi-Fi SiP modules designed for the Internet of Things

January 10, 2014 2:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

eConais Inc., has announced the world’s smallest, most easily integrated, and lowest standby power single chip 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) modules for the Internet of Things, according to the company.  To help speed the design of products for the growing Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, the eConais EC19D family of SiP modules enables product designers to quickly and easily connect their devices to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.  At 8x8mm in size, the EC19D modules can be embedded in almost any product or application.  The EC19D will also include FCC, IC, and EC certifications to further simplify and speed up product design and production for use with Wi-Fi networks throughout the world.

Engineering Update #40: Augmented reality contact lenses

January 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s headlines: Wearable electronics take the spotlight at CES: Several companies are expected to unveil wearable computing devices at CES that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks, and cloud computing.  An open-source platform for mind-machine melding...

Few 'wearables' balance fashion and function

January 9, 2014 11:20 am | by By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages. Some brave souls are even donning Google's geeky-looking Glass eyewear. For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but also a risky one. No one really knows whether the average consumer can be enticed to make gadgets part of their everyday attire.

Gadget Watch: Case makes iPhone a BlackBerry clone

January 9, 2014 11:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

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January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

Gadget Watch: Nabu smart wristband from game maker

January 8, 2014 10:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Razer Inc., whose gaming tablet won last year's "Best of Show" award at the International CES gadget show, has unveiled a wristband that combines the functionality of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. As a fitness tracker, the Nabu wristband tells you about your sleep patterns and the number of steps taken and the stairs climbed. As a smartwatch, it offers notifications about incoming texts and emails.

MiniLEDs offered in ultra-compact 2.3 mm by 1.3 mm

January 8, 2014 9:09 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.  announced the release of a new series of power MiniLEDs in ultra-compact 2.3 mm by 1.3 mm by 1.4 SMD packages. Utilizing the latest advanced AllnGaP technology, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMx234.. series provides exceptional brightness with a typical luminous intensity of 3500 mcd and maximum luminous intensity of 4900 mcd at 70 mA while delivering improved thermal performance compared to previous-generation LEDs.

Module designed for 9-axis movement, position sensing in wearable devices, next-gen mobiles

January 7, 2014 2:08 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has revealed its most advanced module for 9-axis movement and position sensing in next-generation mobiles and tiny wearable devices. Delivering enhanced performance with reduced power demand, in a 3.5mm x 3mm outline, which is almost 35 percent smaller than previous generations, the LSM9DS1 module supports the context awareness needed for features such as gesture controls, indoor navigation, and augmented reality.

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New phone alerts for extreme weather may prevent casualties in India

January 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Cyclone Phailin hit India in late 2013 it became the largest storm to batter the subcontinent in over a decade. The storm, officially classified as a Category 5 tropical cyclone, affected more than 12 million people in India and neighboring countries, and required mass evacuations.  

Huawei phone is so big it can charge other phones

January 7, 2014 11:31 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, China's largest cellphone manufacturer, is releasing a phone that can be thought of as the inflight refueling system of the mobile world: it can be used to recharge other phones. The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch (15.5-centimeter) screen, making it more than twice as big as an iPhone 5.

LG strikes deals to sell curved smartphone in US

January 7, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics is bringing its smartphone with a curved six-inch screen to the U.S. later this year. The deals announced Monday with wireless carriers AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. will give U.S. consumers their first chance to buy LG's "G Flex." The device is being touted as the first step in the smartphone's evolution...

Panasonic unveils wearable 4K camcorder

January 7, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic unveiled a product Monday that combines two big tech trends — ultra HD and wearable devices— with a portable, camera that hooks onto your ear and records in ultra-high definition 4K video. Panasonic didn't immediately name the gadget, but it resembles the company's A100 full HD camcorder...

Sony to sell waterproof phone through T-Mobile

January 6, 2014 11:28 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone that sports a 21 megapixel camera and expands what users can do with it underwater. Sony Corp. said the new Xperia Z1s can be submerged as much as 4.5 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, compared with just 3 feet for last summer's Xperia Z. The Z was water...

Sensor combines pressure, humidity and temperature measurement

January 6, 2014 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec announced the BME280 Integrated Environmental Unit, which combines sensors for pressure, humidity and temperature in a single package. This sensor has been developed to support a broad range of emerging high performance applications such as

Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

January 2, 2014 9:54 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies. This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.

Breakdown of China's smartphone market

December 22, 2013 10:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

December 22, 2013 6:43 pm | by MARLEY SEAMAN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier. The deal ends a lengthy courtship and could boost sales of the iPhone in China. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed by the rise of lower-priced rival smartphones from...

Positioning module achieves superior battery life performance

December 20, 2013 3:39 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of Jupiter SL869 V2, the second generation of one of its top performing positioning products. The new module is based on the low-power MT3333 from MediaTek. The complete multi-GNSS receiver features easy integration and superior battery-life performance....

LNA for cellular infrastructure features low noise figure and high linearity

December 20, 2013 12:52 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has introduced a 0.7- GHz to 1.2 GHz single-die cascode, gallium arsenide (GaAs), pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) low-noise amplifier (LNA) for cellular infrastructure applications such as tower-mounted amplifiers, remote radio units, repeaters, and base

Voltage controlled oscillator operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V

December 19, 2013 3:39 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2380-2380 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -119 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.5 dBm.

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