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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 ...

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Home is where the Smart is: CES 2015

January 2, 2015 11:14 am | by Sander Arts, VP of Corporate Marketing, Atmel Corp. | News | Comments

It’s that time of the year again. The exciting rush right after the holidays as we await the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. As we look back at the last few years, the smart home category has always been prominent, particularly in 2013 and 2014. 

iPhone user returns to BlackBerry

January 2, 2015 9:46 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The BlackBerry's blinking red light used to haunt me. Just when I thought I could relax, enjoy a nice dinner or go for a run, my BlackBerry would start blinking again, signaling a new message. I was an addict. Typing with one hand, hiding the BlackBerry under the dinner table...

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 ...

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 ...

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" ...

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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...

Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a major increase in the amount of legistlation surrounding the controversy, the social awareness aspect of conflict materials has raised the issue’s profile. The social responsibility ...

GaN driver provides low harmonic content of <40dBc

December 15, 2014 5:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for the TGA2627-SM. This 32dBm Psat GaN driver comes packaged as a 5x5mm, air-cavity ceramic QFN providing an SMT advantage over lower performance, DIE-based competitors. The push-pull ...

The cell phone is the key

December 12, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access, Southco | Articles | Comments

The widespread proliferation of smart phones and wireless communication technologies continues to inspire innovation in the many ways these connected devices can be used, from monitoring home energy usage to remotely unlocking your automobile or ...

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Connecting machinery to the IoT

December 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Everything is about Internet of Things (IoT) nowadays. What does that really mean? Fundamentally, it means that a device, a thing, can connect to the Internet. This opens up many opportunities for a product. For industrial application, as an example, it means that machinery can...

PoE-powered enclosure protects access point performance in freezers

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Product Releases | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure (Hunt Valley, MD) introduced a unique access point enclosure that can ensure crucial Wi-Fi/WLAN connectivity in freezer rooms that are common in the food, hospitality, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Wi-Fi ...

Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

VCO features output power of +5 dBm min

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CC-2500-2500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.0V~3.3 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent ...

How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

High-power transceiver permits signals to penetrate obstacles

November 11, 2014 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ritron, Inc. (Carmel, IN) introduces the new HP Series transceiver which features the same high-performance RF specifications and reliability as the existing DTX+ Series with the added benefit of a high-power transmitter. This permits signals ...

Wireless sensor development kits enable rapid deployment of industrial systems

November 11, 2014 8:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) introduced a suite of comprehensive development kits enabling manufacturers of industrial equipment to easily add remote sensing and monitoring capabilities to their Internet of Things and Big Data products....

November 2014: Robotics

November 7, 2014 3:45 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Robotics are slowly creeping into every facet of life, from creepy humanoids who are just a little "off" to exoskeletons that allow paralyzed people to walk to helping the military shoulder the weight of supplies. Face it, robots are everywhere (including in this issue of ECN.)

Data acquisition system improves operational efficiency

November 3, 2014 11:51 am | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Sugar Land, TX) announces the development of the SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system, and will be releasing it to the market on November 17. The SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system improves operational efficiency....

Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect us all

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Ohio University: Russ College of Engineering and Technology | Blogs | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world....

Infographic: Security of Cloud Services

October 29, 2014 8:53 am | by NJIT | Blogs | Comments

With the recent security breaches involving the cloud, consumers are naturally concerned about the privacy and security of information stored there. Though the cloud offers a easy-to-use solution for data storage, it comes with the inherent risks involved in storing information outside of your own harddrive.

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