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Google Glass Takes Multitasking to a Whole New Level

October 30, 2013 11:02 am | by Julia Blaikie, WDD Intern | Comments

The newest fantasy-turned reality comes to us in the form of Google Glass, a computer headpiece which allows for hands-free operation of its camera and video, GPS, messaging, and countless other features designed to make life more hassle-free than ever. It sounds like a dream come true — the possibilities are dizzying. But in the end, attaching computers to our eyes might not be such a liberating concept after all.

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Do We Need an Internet of Things? Or, When Your Fridge Gets on Your Nerves

October 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Comments

It is called “Internet of Things” or “Internet of Everything” – the idea of realizing hundreds of millions of devices communicating with each other and the humans. But would this really be useful in our daily life? Will we as consumers in the future be swamped with acoustic and visual information from thousands of sensors from refrigerators, door knobs, dog collars etc, whether we need it or not?

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A Critical Lesson in UPS Transfers

October 29, 2013 1:03 pm | by Chris McLean, PE, Director of Design for Markley Group | Comments

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) transfers are tricky yet critical undertakings for many organizations’ infrastructures. No matter what form an electrical apparatus takes, it must provide conditioned power to a load. For many organizations, losing that power supply is not an option – and because...

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The Basics of Designing a Multi-Device Test System

October 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Robin Irwin, Aeroflex Limited | Comments

Multi-device testing is about looking at  RF conditioning and looking to improve test system efficiency for a number of devices. There are a number of multi-device testing options that can be identified. This is where a RF channel is mapped 1-to-1 to a specific device, testing each device asynchronously (DUTs are not required to be tested/controlled at the same time).

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Lapse in Federal Government

October 14, 2013 11:23 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

As an editor who is constantly searching for the latest innovational news, the above subhead greatly annoys. I encountered during a daily search for the “Photos of the Day” spot in WDD’s daily newsletter, typically, NASA.gov is doing some amazing satellite work. I’ll refrain from describing my hand gesture I made towards the screen when the message popped up.

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It's a Man's World

October 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

The lack of women in engineering has been an ongoing issue for some time. In terms of progress, we have seen some marvelous improvements and change for the better. But according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent statistics, an astonishing gender disparity remains...

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M2M + Security + Cloud = Love

October 3, 2013 9:56 am | by Marie McGehee, Director of Corporate Communications, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Comments

With sensors and networking technology being strapped to nearly every machine around the globe at a blistering pace, estimates projecting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may be too conservative.         

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Sacrificing Conversation for Connection

September 30, 2013 2:05 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

We now expect more from technology and less from each other. We’re satisfied with “collecting friends like stamps” and substituting quality with quantity. While I appreciate and praise the creature comforts technology provides us, I still prefer ...

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Build Your Own Phone

September 30, 2013 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

I go through cell phones more often than the average consumer, but I blame phone companies for their clever marketing ploys. Sure, I can say no, but then I wouldn’t have a cool new toy to show off to my fiancé (iPhone's greatest and loudest champion). I know that I’m not the only one who creates any excuse possible to get the latest phone upgrade.

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Developing Bluetooth Smart Accessories with CSR uEnergy SDK

September 26, 2013 5:05 pm | by Muhammad Ulislam, Senior FAE at CSR | Comments

The rapid growth of Bluetooth Smart Ready PCs, tablets and smartphones provides a unique opportunity to create innovative accessories. Bluetooth Smart enables ultra-low power connectivity and basic data transfer for applications previously...

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Bluetooth Developer Training—Application Accelerator

September 24, 2013 3:51 pm | by Steve Hegenderfer, Director of Development Programs at the Bluetooth SIG | Comments

Bluetooth Smart technology is becoming the de facto standard for a new generation of devices looking to connect to the Internet of Things. ABI Research expects nearly a billion Bluetooth Smart devices to ship by 2016. Because of this proliferation, Bluetooth Smart opens many doors for developers...

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$150,000 Car of the Future: Driver Not Needed

September 12, 2013 9:37 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Technology is getting closer and closer to making this a possibility. Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news.

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Your Data is Only as Secure as Your Device

September 6, 2013 8:49 am | by Alan Grau, CEO, Icon Labs | Comments

The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password, creating a huge security loophole. With so many medical devices now collecting and storing patient data, this raises the question of how secure is the data stored on these devices?

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ZigBee and the Smart Home: Is Security An Issue?

September 4, 2013 10:48 am | by Cees Links, Founder and CEO, GreenPeak Technologies – www.greenpeak.com | Comments

In one of my earlier blogs I shared that today maybe around 600 million homes have WiFi. People share their lives with their family and friends, and execute their financial transactions wirelessly over the Internet without being overly worried about security, and, despite the recent NSA disclosures, I wonder whether many people have changed their online behavior.

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IT Certification – Driving Competitive Edge in a Global Marketplace

August 29, 2013 1:07 pm | by Julie Gaudet, Senior Director, Customer Operations of Gilmore Global | Comments

The US currently has the largest IT certification market in the world. However, others are catching up fast. For example, growth is rapid in the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China and in Eastern Europe – all regions where the overall expansion of the IT market has accelerated dramatically over recent years.

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