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Ensuring Reliable Protection Without Compromising Sound Quality

March 4, 2015 9:53 am | by W. L. Gore & Associates | Blogs | Comments

Sepura plc, Cambridge, England, is a global leader in digital radio products, systems and applications for business and critical communications. Customers include emergency services and users in the public safety, transport, utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and ... 

Ensuring the Usability of your Design: The Case for User Research

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Victor Yocco, PhD vyocco@intuitivecompany.com | Blogs | Comments

Wireless product design is complex and constantly evolving. The usefulness of any wireless...

Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a...

Wi-Fi Critical for Retail Analysis & Offloading 3G/4G Mobile Data

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Drew Sproul, Director of Marketing, Adax | Blogs | Comments

Free Wi-Fi is a potential money pit if the business providing this service isn’t utilizing the...

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Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, theHoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous virtual reality software offers, the HoloLens ... 

Design Guidelines for RF & Microwave Frequencies

January 8, 2015 10:29 am | by William J. Garner, Sr. Engineer, Consultant.url | Blogs | Comments

Here are some guidelines and rules for that young engineers should be aware of when designing RF and Microwave circuits ...                                      

Security Threats in LTE: Devices, Access, Core Elements & Services

January 8, 2015 10:27 am | by Robin Kent, director of European operations, Adax | Blogs | Comments

As LTE is deployed worldwide, seamless communications amongst all forms of devices and access methods to the All-IP LTE core are advancing daily. There are more new services at higher speeds and with greater reliability than ever before. These advances bring new revenue opportunities as well as new and advanced security threats ... 

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A Note From the Editor: The 2015 ECN Impact Awards

January 8, 2015 1:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

With the craziness of the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, it's time to look forward to 2015 and the ECN IMPACT Awards! These awards, now in their second year, are designed with the idea that companies doing impressive work in the engineering world should be recognized for their achievements ... 

If You Talk to Your Thermostat, Will it Listen?

January 7, 2015 12:07 pm | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

“TV power on.” “Set thermostat to 65 degrees.” “Speaker, play classical music.” Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats ... 

CES: Is IoT Too Low-Concept for Consumers?

January 7, 2015 12:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things will connect the world as never before — with all internet-ready devices and the supporting infrastructure — and the tech is burning up the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. But given that this is the Consumer Electronics Show, I’m forced to ponder whether IoT ... 

3D-Printed Robotic Spider Dress Fights Off Strangers

January 7, 2015 10:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Germaphobes rejoice! There is, at long last, a clothing option designed especially with you in mind. Well, at least if you're okay with wearing a terrifying contraption. Objectively speaking, the look of this dress alone should have people keeping their distance from you, but it also will reach out (and freak out) anyone who ... 

NFV in 2015: Reducing Burn Rate for Operators

January 6, 2015 4:27 pm | by Ravi Chittimoori, Senior Product Manager, Tektronix Communications | Blogs | Comments

The shift to an app-centric mobile environment has had a severe impact on the operator bottom line. No longer the masters of their own domain, they have found themselves on the back foot as subscribers are making fewer calls and sending fewer texts ...                       

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CES: A Doorway to the Future of the Smarthome and IoT

December 24, 2014 10:12 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change — this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and ...

Ethernet Will Replace Legacy Industrial IoT Technologies

December 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Conceived over four decades ago as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology, Ethernet has come a long way from its humble origins. Ethernet is now the dominant standard network protocol to deliver wired and wireless high-bandwidth communications services – voice, data, video, and Internet traffic – in most of the ... 

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 focus on composing the “right” light scenery in order to bring happiness and unconscious satisfaction into your home or work place? Lights can affect your mood and enhance it, or change it. A romantic ...

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) nowadays. What does that really mean? Fundamentally, it means that a device, a thing, can connect to the Internet. This opens up many opportunities for a product. For industrial application, as an example, it means that machinery can...

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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?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

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 ... 

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 ...      

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...         

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