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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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Sensory Functionality with a Unique ID

October 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

The need for sensory tags is growing exponentially, and the uses for them span across various industries and markets. From the construction history and condition of certain buildings, bridges, and roads, to recording patient medication consumption, sensory tags are important for validating the origin of any object, as well as verifying the environmental conditions to which that object has been exposed.

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Sophisticated Haptic Drivers for PWM Signals

October 16, 2013 3:35 pm | by Duane Sorlie, Senior Staff Engineer, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

Tactile feedback, often referred to as simple “haptics,” uses the sense of touch in a user interface design to provide information to an end user. This generally means the use of the system’s vibration alert system to denote that a button has been pressed. The resistive force that some “force feedback” joysticks and video game steering wheels provide is a form of haptic feedback.

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Opening Up New Design Space for Mobile Antenna Designers

October 16, 2013 2:50 pm | by Larry Morrell, Executive VP, Cavendish Kinetics | Comments

Wireless designers continue to make tradeoffs among power, cost, size, and performance specifications. Engineers working in the consumer mobile market have difficult challenges due to its extremely competitive nature, as well as the time pressures to produce designs that work in some very difficult environments.

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Current Trends Affecting Future Aerospace and Defense Test & Measurement

October 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Chris Johnston and Greg Jue, Agilent Technologies | Comments

Recent headlines about sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA2011) have amplified ongoing concerns about decreased spending on U.S. aerospace and defense programs. This downturn is of great interest to companies that provide test and measurement (T&M) hardware, software, and services to the aero/defense industry.

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Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

October 16, 2013 12:05 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more efficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until a diagnosis is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.

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Putting Design & Production Tests in Their Place

October 14, 2013 10:41 am | by Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design | Comments

Recent high-profile product recalls and failures have shown that even the most experienced and well-funded company can fall down when it comes to product testing. A product goes through two fundamental types of test. The first is ...  

How will ZigBee Open Up the Sentroller Markets for Smart Home Device Developers?

October 14, 2013 10:27 am | by Elly Schietse, General Manager, GreenPeak Belgium | Comments

According to a recent report from Nextmarket Insights, the current home automation systems and services market is about 3.6 billion and is forecast to grow to around 15 billion by 2017. This market growth will be driven by a newly emerging homes service market where various cable MSOs,  broadband service providers, and telcos will be offering a variety of new home automation and connected home services.

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