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Top Three Reed Switch No-No's

March 26, 2014 5:09 pm | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch...                        

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Getting a Handle on E-Waste

March 26, 2014 5:01 pm | by Eric Austermann, VP, Social & Environmental Responsibility, Jabil | Comments

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is produced each year in the United States. Globally, electronics represent the fastest-growing waste stream in many countries ...  

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A Timeline of GPS Technology

March 7, 2014 4:28 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Comments

As we tool around the countryside under the direction of that helpful box on the dashboard, it's easy to believe that GPS is the latest and greatest invention to hit the pike. It may come as a surprise to learn that the idea actually got off to its rocky start back in 1959...

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Why GPS Tracking Systems Need to be User-Friendly

March 7, 2014 4:23 pm | by Robert J. Hall, Track Your Truck | Comments

Thanks to major advances in GPS technology over the last several years, it's easier and more affordable than ever for small fleets to invest in GPS tracking systems. Still, all tracking systems are not created equal. Without doing a little homework prior to making such a purchase...

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Why is ZigBee Green?

March 5, 2014 3:04 pm | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak, ZigBee Alliance Member | Comments

One of the biggest challenges that consumers and service providers will have in the future is maintaining a wide range of sensor and control devices located throughout the Smart home. For ease of use and installation, it makes much more sense to have these powered by either batteries or by energy harvesting technologies...

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Why it’s Time for a Useful Internet of Things

March 5, 2014 2:26 pm | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the...                 

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Wearable Technology: The $70 Billion Picture

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Comments

Wearable technology mainly concerns devices and apparel/textiles. Devices are discrete electronic and electrical hardware sold on its own for bodywear. It may be utilized by being attached to apparel or by constituting worn accessories such as electronic watches and...                     

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All a Board to 2014

February 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

2013 was a very exciting year. After I joined the Wireless Design & Development (WDD) team, we launched three new video products, and created a fresh look for our daily newsletter and print issue. But we aren’t finished yet as WDD has great things in store for...

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How True Love Opened the Smart Bra

February 4, 2014 12:17 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Only two months have passed, and another bizarre smart bra has come into the spotlight. Except this one goes into even further campy territory. Japanese lingerie company, Ravijoir, is jumping on the smart bra bandwagon with their “True Love Tester” bra...

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Trusting too Much in Data

January 30, 2014 10:30 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

In recent weeks I’ve run into multiple posts, articles, and discussions concerning some findings that employee morale does not equate to productivity. I’ve read a few of the discussions and a couple of the articles, and the subject and the reports proves to be an excellent example for discussion about how easily we can mislead ourselves with data...

Strengthening the Electrotechnical Sector by Participating in IEC Standardization

January 20, 2014 3:32 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Comments

Nearly every aspect of modern life is connected to the electrotechnical industry. From telecommunications, multimedia, medical equipment, and energy production and distribution, to e-mobility, fiber optics, nanotechnology, and consumer ...

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What’s Next for Wireless Networks in 2014?

January 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President, CommScope | Comments

The continued implementation of LTE and the ongoing data boom mean that most wireless operators are focused on modernizing and enhancing the capacity of their networks with the most efficient architectures and equipment. Increasing network capacity also intensifies their focus on metrocells and indoor coverage. With that said, here’s what I see as the major trends in wireless infrastructure for 2014...

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CES 2014: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 15, 2014 2:53 pm | by Editor | Comments

Every trade show has these — the oddball products, tech demos, and general weirdness that accompanies any large gathering of people vying for your attention. Sometimes, the exhibits exude innovation and leave a positive lasting impression...        

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Falling in Love With Your Phone

January 10, 2014 10:13 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Nowadays, users are consumed by technology. It’s on our clothes, in our cars, and making appearances in our home appliances, so maybe it is possible for some of us to develop deeper emotional attachments with certain technological advances...                         

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Four Predictions for CES 2014

January 7, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

Being that the PD&D offices are in Madison, WI, it would only be assumed that I, along with my colleagues, would venture to the grand International CES event in Las Vegas through the air. Unfortunately, due to the many flight cancellations associated with the bitter cold snap, I found myself stranded in...

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