The Human Machine Interface (HMI) in industrial automation is quickly transitioning to touchscreens. The touchscreen requirements on a factory floor, however, are unique and must be solved for a good (read “safe”) operator experience with increased productivity and throughput.
Researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Politecnico di Milano have jointly developed a manufacturing technique to render the semiconductor germanium laser-compatible through high tensile strain. In their paper recently published in Nature Photonics...
With cellular phones becoming not just voice, but now also data appliances, there is a growing need for operators to provide wide area (3-5 mile) coverage that assures high-rate data and voice services in nearly every location. What used to be considered “acceptable” gaps in coverage, like isolated homes...
The era of the Internet began in 1980s by networking organizations like the military, government agencies, corporate, and universities. If we talk to any user from that time, they wouldn’t have the slightest clue of what the future of this technology would be.
When it comes to new applications and overall potential for a given technology, not much rivals the integration of wireless sensor networks (WSN). Reader feedback regarding new WSN applications, trends, and obstacles essentially provided a snapshot of the wireless design marketplace as a whole...
For the adventurers, explorers, and extreme athletes, getting the perfect shot or photo can be quite cumbersome with a regular, hand-held camera or camcorder; especially when both hands are needed to maneuver a certain situation or action. New York start-up, Pivothead ...
For some University of Colorado Boulder undergraduates, designing, building and flying small satellites is becoming a large part of their hands-on education. NASA recently selected CU-Boulder as one of 24 institutions or organizations to fly tiny satellites as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned for launch in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
When Charles Babbage prototyped the first computing machine in the 19th century, he imagined using mechanical gears and latches to control information. ENIAC, the first modern computer developed in the 1940s, used vacuum tubes and electricity.
Mobility continues to be the hottest trend for the semiconductor and electronics industry. As though there were any need for supporting data, the major electronics shows from the first quarter of 2013 displayed and demoed the latest array of mobile devices.
Amidst the much-discussed love affair between consumers and their mobile devices, another relationship is blooming in the mobile sector. Device manufacturers from nearly every vertical industry are increasingly offering devices and products equipped with mobile connectivity, transforming “dumb” devices into “smart” ones.
There's no question that LTE is where it's at if you're an operator. According to a recent report from 4G Americas, more than 150 operators globally have now launched LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months.
Researchers at MIT and the Santa Fe Institute have found that some widely used formulas for predicting how rapidly technology will advance — notably, Moore’s Law and Wright’s Law — offer superior approximations of the pace of technological progress.
Sensors have become a regular feature in many systems. They reside alongside numerous other peripherals to add to the range of environmental inputs that can be incorporated into the job being done by the system. However, in some systems, the number of sensors threatens to overwhelm the other more traditional peripherals.
Power has come of age as a defining parameter in electronic systems. Whether maximizing battery life, keeping an enclosure cool, or passing large currents more efficiently, projects now start with power in mind. In 2013 we will see the continued migration of power technologies from research to commercial availability.
Many commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call “pick and place” tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another. Usually, the objects — say, automobile components along an assembly line — are positioned so that the arm can easily grasp them; the appendage that does the grasping may even be tailored to the objects’ shape.