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This is what happens when you put a go-pro on a pelican’s beak

March 4, 2014 7:53 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been some insane advances in the technology behind video cameras in the past few years. Video cameras have caught onto the miniaturization trend, but as the size shrinks, the capabilities grow. This means lighter cameras that are able to shoot and store videos with high-quality images.

GreenPeak further strengthens its presence in China

March 3, 2014 2:41 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announced a further strengthening of its commitment to the Chinese market, increasing its business presence and activities throughout this region. “We are delighted that our efforts in the Chinese market for Smart Home technology and ZigBee solutions have surpassed our expectations.” says Cees Links, Founder & CEO. “It is important that an experienced and trusted ZigBee technology expert like GreenPeak can

7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

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ARM-based SoC family adds memory options for advanced smart energy, home automation

February 27, 2014 9:38 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) expanded its ARM-based Ember ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC) portfolio delivering desirable wireless performance, energy efficiency and reliability for the Internet of Things (IoT). The EM358x family includes six SoC products that combine

Photos of the Day: Hotel smartphone "keys"

February 27, 2014 9:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Starwood Hotels & Resorts wants to replace traditional plastic room keys with smartphone apps. The app would allow guests to skip check-in and go straight to their rooms. The idea of keyless entry is nothing new — see: keyless vehicle entry, industrial security, office ID cards, etc. — but applying it to hotels is certainly novel.

Hotel smartphone "keys" are a horrible idea

February 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

One forward-thinking hotel chain wants to replace those easy-to-lose, plastic room keys with a smartphone app. It’s a horrible idea. OK, let’s back up. That chain is Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is one of the savvier hotel options out there. Starwood is smart about making the most of new and popular technology.

We don't need "smart" gun control

February 26, 2014 7:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The nation is about to mediate a very serious gun control debate, and it has nothing to do with “assault weapons.” Rather, the advent of “smart” guns could bring about the mandated obsolescence of “dumb” firearms. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) has introduced legislation that would mandate all new guns be “personalized”....

Miniature infrared touch probe designed for micro-machining applications

February 25, 2014 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI) announced the availability of the m&h IRP40.50 infrared touch probe for the North American market. The IRP40.50 is ideal for inspection in tight spaces and was designed to address the needs of miniature machining centers.

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Mandated 'smart' tech could put cars in charge of their drivers

February 25, 2014 6:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new federal mandate could ensure that you’re not the only driver in control of the wheel. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a big deal. Basically, it enables cars to “talk” to each other and exchange data such as speed and location. That way, if someone were to pull a dangerous maneuver, the cars would “know” and could respond to avoid a collision....

Photos of the Day: The XchangE Tesla autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 11:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The XchangE autonomous concept car from Rinspeed — engineered by 4erC — takes a Tesla Model S and modifies it into a luxury vehicle that you don’t need to drive. Is this the future of automobiles? Underlining the point that the XchangE probably won’t be cheap, the concept car includes a 32-inch, 4k monitor in the rear seat....

Why the self-driving car will be the greatest technology of all time (seriously)

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.

Magnetometer sensor outputs 13-bit data over a magnetic field range of +/- 1000uT

February 21, 2014 1:41 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the IST8301C, a single-chip 3-axis digital magnetometer sensor, housed in a form factor of 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.0mm, a 12-pin BGA package. The IST8301C is an integrated chip containing 3-axis magnetic sensors with an ASIC controller.

T-Mobile offers infinite upgrades - with a catch

February 21, 2014 9:43 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile is allowing people who participate in its $10-a-month Jump program to upgrade their phones anytime, eliminating the previous limit of two upgrades a year. As introduced last summer, Jump participants get insurance to cover loss and damage, plus the right to upgrade before fully paying off the phone in installments over two years.

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100 V gallium nitride FET targets high frequency applications with positive gain into the 3 GHz range

February 20, 2014 10:24 am | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA) extended its family of high-speed, high performance transistors with the EPC8010 power transistor. Sold in die form, the EPC8010 is 1.75 mm2 with 100 VDS.  Applications include hard-switching power converters operating in the multi-megahertz range....

Development platform for NFC/RFID tags promises to jumpstart IoT designs

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics (Geneva) announced an easy-access development platform for its M24SR dynamic NFC tags that are now entering volume production in all memory densities and package options. Aiming to accelerating the design of IoT applications, the M24SR Discovery Kit contains

Is your employer tracking your every move?

February 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Your employer probably isn’t tracking your every move just yet, but with new technology from Hitachi, it might not be that far down the road. Obviously there are ways for employers to track your productivity now whether it’s cameras or looking at your internet logs, but it’s really time consuming and not very informative for most employees.

Watch this fish drive his own tank around

February 10, 2014 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do you ever feel like your fish is jealous of the cat and dog who can walk freely about the house just because they have the ability to “breathe oxygen”? Have you caught your fish eyeing the parrot and his high flying, free-wheeling ways? Is he jealous of the hamster in the ball who gets to roll around the house?

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

Wireless adaptor enables wired field instruments to function as ISA100 Wireless devices

February 6, 2014 2:27 pm | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Newnan, GA) announces that it has developed a multi-protocol wireless adaptor that enables wired field instruments or analytical sensors to be used as ISA100 Wireless devices, and will release models in May and July that support communications based on the HART and RS485 Modbus standards.

How true love opened the smart bra

February 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When Microsoft reported plans for a smart bra equipped with sensors to help keep track of your health and mood, I scoffed at the idea. The concept of smart bras seemed a passing gimmick, and the comments from other critics on my previous blog on the topic seemed to agree.

Feds want cars to be able to talk to each other

February 3, 2014 3:48 pm | by Joan Lowy, AP | Articles | Comments

 Raising hopes of preventing many deadly collisions, transportation officials said Monday they plan to propose requiring automakers to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicate with each other .

Companies back fast Internet-in-schools initiative

February 3, 2014 3:43 pm | by AP | Articles | Comments

The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed Internet service over the next few years.A White House education event Tuesday will focus on his ConnectED initiative.

Power amplifier operates in the 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz frequency band

January 30, 2014 1:33 pm | Anadigics Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ANADIGICS (Warren, N.J.) introduced the AWB7222 power amplifier (PA), optimized for WCDMA, HSPA, and LTE small-cell applications. The new AWB7222 operates in the 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz frequency band, delivering an industry-leading combination of output power, linearity, power-added efficiency and thermal characteristics.

WLAN-enabled devices facilitate the connection of CAN busses over WLAN

January 28, 2014 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEAK-System complements its new gateway product family by two other WLAN-enabled devices. The PCAN Wireless Gateways facilitate the connection of CAN busses over WLAN. For this, CAN frames are wrapped in TCP or UDP message packages and forwarded from one device to another over the IP network.

Mixed views on Samsung after stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Samsung Electronics and its 270,000 employees across the globe, 2013 was the best year. One in every three smartphones sold carried the Samsung brand, with the company shipping more than 300 million of the devices. South Korea's best known company on the world stage rounded off the year with record annual revenue and profit.

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