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Exclusive: Proximity Sensing in Mobile Phones

January 31, 2014 9:16 am | by Sivaguru Noopuran, Product Marketing Engineer and Priyadeep Kaur, Application Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

Proximity sensing technology is becoming popular across a wide range of industries, especially in consumer electronics, because OEMs introduce new products to market every year. The largest application within consumer electronics is the mobile phone. Given the competition in this particular market, it is important for OEMs to adopt the latest technology and offer unique features to differentiate their products...

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A Fireside Chat: How Wall-E Inspired the Ninja Sphere

January 7, 2014 2:32 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

Using sensors and actuators, the Ninja Sphere learns about its environment and knows when something is out of place – even the dog. The next generation of environment control, the sphere monitors temperature, light, energy, and location ...            

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What’s New in Real-Time Location Systems?

December 18, 2013 4:15 pm | by Ciaran Connell, DecaWave | Comments

Real-time location systems (RTLS), which enable devices to determine location in the absence of GPS, are gaining popularity. Google is promoting Google Maps indoors, and Apple acquired WiFiSLAM and announced iBeacons...                       

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Doppler Generation for Moving Target Testing

December 18, 2013 3:21 pm | by Joe Mazzochette, General Manager, Eastern OptX | Comments

Radar systems development, qualification, and testing is an important challenge for test system designers. Testing can include simulators, modeling software, and field-testing. Each of these techniques must deal with and present a variety of signals...

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Design and Test Challenges for 8x8 MIMO Devices for LTE Advanced

December 18, 2013 2:52 pm | by Jim Litz, Marketing Manager, Agilent Technologies | Comments

From less than two percent in 2011, mobile data will comprise 10 percent of all network traffic by 2016. The projected rise follows the forecasted increase in smartphones and tablet computers accessing data-intensive streaming video and enhanced social media applications...

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Securing Device Management Systems & Communications, Not Just Content

December 18, 2013 1:27 pm | by Michael Campbell, CSP Segment Manager, Medical Technology Risk Control OneBeacon Technology Insurance | Comments

In the twenty years since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act became law, medical devices have progressed towards wireless, point of care, and even electronic, implantable technologies. Coinciding with this trend are ...

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Multilayer Varistors Will Keep Evolving

December 17, 2013 4:34 pm | by Chris Reynolds, Application Engineer, AVX | Comments

Due to recent advances in multilayer varistor (MLV) design, metal oxide varistor (MOV) technology is increasingly being employed in fast-transient suppression applications. MLVs utilize zinc oxide grains as the varistor material in combination with a...                  

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Exclusive: Origami Antennas Reshape Industry

December 17, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

A Georgia Tech research team was recently awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their unique concept of making compact and efficient antennas by implementing the techniques used in origami paper-folding...

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RFID Enables Omniscient View of Whirlpool's Parts

December 11, 2013 12:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space...                        

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Propelled by Water, Powered by Sun

December 9, 2013 4:13 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

A solar-powered spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon using only water for fuel, thanks to a new technology being developed at the University of Michigan’s Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. The ...

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Exclusive: Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 4:03 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of Things. Searches on Shodan can find a stunning amount...

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Driving Carrier ARPU Through Messaging, Mobile Payments and Mobile Advertising

November 22, 2013 1:39 pm | by James Citron, CMO, payvia | Comments

A recent report from the GSMA predicts an increasingly tough few years ahead for mobile carriers, with global revenues dropping 16 percent by 2017. With subscriber penetration in the developed world now between 70 and 90 percent...           

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Exclusive: Wireless HID with Touch Sensing – Pros and Cons

November 19, 2013 5:13 pm | by Sai Prashanth C, Senior Applications Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

While a touch mouse or touch keyboard may promise to bring about a change in the monotonous features of the normal keyboard and mice, users may find it difficult to switch from legacy gadgets to these more sophisticated ones. This article examines the major system requirements and the implementation details of touch based wireless HID devices and their impact on the user experience.

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Exclusive: External Impacts on Touch Panel Design and Performance

November 19, 2013 4:17 pm | by Shahna Kothapally, Vice President of Engineering, Ocular | Comments

Projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels are the touch panel of choice. Research has shown that resistive touch panel sales are significantly lower than PCAP, and this trend is...                           

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Wireless Safety in the Workplace

October 17, 2013 2:25 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Healthcare employees face a range of potential hazards on a daily basis; from infectious diseases to patient altercations in psychiatric and emergency departments. Boulder-CO based Spectralink has created a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets, Spectralink SAFE, which is designed to help solve the increasing safety issues for mobile workers within healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.

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