A question answering machine like Watson could be applied to almost every level of commerce. You could have a Watson on the floor at Best Buy, or the support departments of large companies could keep a pet Watson for answering trickier questions. Telemarketers, which are famously bad at handling off-script questions, could be saved by Watson.
Mobile marketing and communications company Txtlocal are working with Time Is Ltd. (TIL) on their product JayBee, to help individuals with a wide variety of illnesses and varying degrees of disability to communicate both audibly and instantly with the outside world. JayBee is a system which allows those who do not have the power of speech to communicate fully, fluently and quickly.
Metro Network Services announces the launch of its optical networking systems integrator solutions. With the ability to build, design and manage optical networks, Metro|NS offers full, turn-key solutions for both enterprise and telecommunications companies looking to build optical networks. Led by the former management team of Lexent Metro Connect, Metro|NS executives have extensive, optical layer knowledge as well as proven proficiency as a construction firm.
The 32GB version of Hewlett-Packard Co.’s new TouchPad media tablet carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $318, according to the preliminary results generated by the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service from information and analysis provider IHS. When the $10.00 manufacturing cost is added in, the total cost to produce the high-end version of the TouchPad increases to $328.
As LTE promises an enhanced mobile broadband experience, with data speeds on a par with fixed-line broadband, network operators and device manufacturers need to consider a comprehensive set of data throughput tests as part of LTE device acceptance and evaluation. Anite announced the availability of a new solution – that will include carrier based scripts for LTE data throughput performance – to address the need for LTE data performance testing in the laboratory environment.
Anritsu Company announces that the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society has presented Bill Oldfield with the 2011 Microwave Application Award. The award was presented to Oldfield during a ceremony at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Baltimore, MD last month. Every year, the MTT Society presents awards to outstanding members of the microwave community for contributions made to the field of microwave technology and engineering.
PointChips has included the Cortus APS3 32 bit processor in their touch screen controller chip. The APS3 provides the processing power to translate the signals received from the sensors on a touch sensitive surface into information that can be used by a smart phone or tablet. The APS3 processor, running custom software written by experts at PointChips, enhances the user experience of smart phone and tablet users with sophisticated features such as advanced gesture recognition and enhanced precision to ensure easy and reliable operation.
Power Sources Unlimited announces the Eltek Valere Flatpack2 HE Series of high efficiency rectifiers. The combination of innovative design, efficiency and reliability makes the Flatpack2 HE rectifier a key component in your network. With conversion efficiency up to 96.5%, the amount of wasted energy has been reduced by 50% compared to the current industry standard.
Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation and STMicroelectronics have announced Team McGill as the winners of the iNEMO Design Contest. Each project in the competition contained an iNEMO Inertial Measurement Unit and was judged on the number of degrees of freedom (DoF) used from the 10 degrees of freedom available in total, the quality of its hardware and firmware/software, the design's novelty, its use of daughter boards, and the final project's ease of use and appeal of its user interface.
Although GPS is a widespread technology, GPS positioning is not always possible, particularly in shielded environments such as indoors and enclosed park houses, or when a GPS jamming signal is present. The situation can be improved by augmenting GPS receiver data with mobile network cell attributes to provide a level of redundancy that can benefit numerous applications.
Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the addition of UBM Electronics' EE Times, a premier electronics industry news outlet, as a valued community partner for Digi-Key's TechXchangeSM online engineering community.
Smartphone users are spoiled when it comes to on-the-move information. Lost in the city? Just access Google Maps and you’ll know exactly where you are. Need a bar? Look up a few in the area and choose which one you want according to the reviews. Now Cathay Pacific Airways and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, in conjunction with McCann Erickson and XS2Theworld, has created an app that does all of this in one place, and a lot more besides.
What: “The Story” AWR Corporation, the innovation leader in high frequency EDA, has awarded the top three winning teams of the 2011 International Microwave Symposium High Efficiency Power Amplifier Student Design Contest with fully-functional, one-year, personal-use licenses for its popular Microwave Office® and Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) software suites – inclusive of AXIEM™ 3D planar EM software.
According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, telecoms and pay TV operators will increasingly need to add new services such as Spotify and YouView to their bundles to keep existing subscribers and attract new ones. Although the simple packaging of telecoms and media products at a discounted rate might not seem like the most innovative strategy, it has proved to be the most powerful one as customers place more value on price, simplicity and convenience.
Tektronix, Inc., announced the acquisition of Veridae Systems, Inc. The details of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2009 to commercialize research from the University of British Columbia, Veridae delivers three leading products for ASIC/FPGA prototyping debug, ASIC post silicon validation and FPGA-based system product validation into leading semiconductor and system product companies.