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The Internet of People Before the Internet of Things

December 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague ... 

Using Bluetooth Smart in Industrial Lighting

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that...

Connecting Machinery to the Internet of Things (IoT)

December 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Everything is about Internet of Things (IoT)...

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why...

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Photos of the Day: What Happens When An Editor Gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the ...

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

December 1, 2014 3:03 pm | by Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap | Blogs | Comments

Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015 ...            

Will Smartwatches Tarnish Fitness Tracker Market?

November 18, 2014 3:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Thinking about a fitness tracker? In the future you may defer that purchase in favor of a smartwatch. According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 fully 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristband will choose a smartwatch instead. Gartner forecasts shipments of wearable fitness devices will hit ... 

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The End of Privacy as We Know It

November 18, 2014 11:49 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and ... 

The Wearable Technology Movement

November 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

The wearable health market is at a turning point. An IHS report estimates more than 250 million related devices will ship over the next five years alone. For engineering firms and technology companies, the time is now to not only participate in this ...         

The Vague, Undefined Promise of 5G

October 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor, Wirless Week | Blogs | Comments

The term 5G is as yet completely meaningless aside from the fact that the moniker is the obvious successor to the current status quo of 4G. But it's also grossly obtuse because we don't even know ...       

Hackers & Deathmobiles in the Age of IoT

October 27, 2014 4:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group | Blogs | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the ...                  

5 Keys to Engaging a Product Development Partner

October 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Blogs | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management ...      

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Why Being a Female Writer in Tech Doesn’t Make Me An Idiot

October 24, 2014 4:28 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Today, engineers, we’re going to have a lesson about what’s an acceptable attitude to have and what’s not an acceptable attitude to have. For example, it’s perfectly acceptable to think my opinion is dead wrong because you’re a diehard Android fan. It’s not okay to think I’m an idiot because I’m a woman ... 

2 Movies That Can Teach Us About IoT

October 22, 2014 10:07 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

What’s the best place to see “futuristic” technology in action? Sometimes, you’ll see a demo or paper that explains it well, but often Hollywood (and science fiction in general) is the best source. In the case of IoT (Internet of Things), there are two essential movies....

4 Ways Businesses Can Learn from U.S. Army Safety Practices

October 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Blogs | Comments

In the U.S. Army, leaders and soldiers at all levels constantly plan, rehearse and act to do dangerous activities as safely as possible even while under dangerous conditions. In the U.S. Army, dangerous conditions are a factor and not an excuse to...         

Recharging Medical Devices Faster…MUCH Faster

October 20, 2014 11:57 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to portable electronics, the power source can often be the biggest challenge for a designer attempting to reduce the size of a device. Batteries are typically the largest component in the device design. When it comes to medical devices...

The Skills Gap & Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 14, 2014 9:44 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24 percent in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in...                       

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From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 8, 2014 1:30 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming...

Top 5 Beacon Applications of the Future

September 26, 2014 11:17 am | by Alan Simkowski, VP of Mobile Solutions, GMR Marketing | Blogs | Comments

Beacons are among the most talked about topics in the tech world right now, and we’re already seeing some of the biggest retailers in the world integrate the devices into their brick-and-mortar operations. So what’s next for proximity marketing? These five beacon applications of the future may very well be it...           

Design to a Standard

September 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and ...  

Perception Is Reality: IoT's Security Problem

September 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by Alex Frommeyer, Founder/CEO Beam Technologies, Founder/CEO Uproar Labs | Blogs | Comments

The hype machine for the internet of things projects to reach its fever pitch by the end of this year or in 2015, as we continue to see a rush of hardware hackers, IoT startups, and, increasingly, even large tech companies flexing their muscles with ...

12 of the Highest Paid Engineers on the Planet

July 1, 2014 12:55 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

Too Much of a Useless Thing

July 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I realize that my growing interest, and ongoing coverage, of the Internet of Things is only exacerbating the massive attention on one of the greatest technological known unknowns, but the confusion and excitement surrounding the impending ...

Changing the Batteries: Wireless Power in the Home

May 27, 2014 10:44 am | by Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Wireless power isn’t just about reducing the amount of cords in the world. It’s about increasing the capability of wirelessly powered devices. Another growing segment where innovations in wireless technology can be of benefit is in home entertainment and electronics...

Bluetooth Innovation Series Advances Developer Knowledge

May 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Steve Hegenderfer | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen explosive growth over the last few years – a growth fueled by Bluetooth® Smart technology, which developers are integrating into millions of new devices and helping to bring connectivity to everyday objects...

Thermostat Wars to End, Wristify Lends a Hand

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This winter, I’ve engaged in a thermostat war with my roommate. One night, in a shivering, desperate attempt to find a way to stay warm, I turned to Google for a solution that didn’t involve wearing half of my wardrobe. What I found continues to excite me...

Network Problems? Never Fear…TotalTechHero is Here!

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The demand for network and cloud-based applications, entertainment, and services is growing. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Customers who count on dependable network and device performance encounter technical problems instead...

5 Questions to Ask an LTE Chip Maker

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is not an easy one, and requires a significant amount of research, time, and resources...

Cars of the Future Aren’t Just Cars

April 29, 2014 9:33 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Blogs | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free...                        

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