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Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology

January 9, 2015 9:18 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development...

Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

January 9, 2015 9:16 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars. People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail.

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...

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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...

You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks

January 7, 2015 2:14 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Seriously. OK, let me be very clear here. You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But wait. Everyone else—don't leave yet! It's coming to your location, too. Eventually. Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they...

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...

AT&T not worried about network impact from connected cars

January 6, 2015 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market. That’s a lot of new radios...

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 ...

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At The Gadget Show: Curved phones, smarter homes, fuel cells

January 6, 2015 8:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.Elsewhere, would-be novelists got a...

Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES

January 5, 2015 8:54 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet...

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" ...

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 ...

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 ...

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