The long predicted trend heralding the convergence of design and test speaks to the integration of two historically separate functions within the overall flow of system design. The clear benefits of integrating these functions, namely increased time to market and better overall quality, are achieved by including test definition and implementation coincident with design creation.
iQmetrix , a leading provider of retail management solutions, announced that APW Brands , an airport-based retailer of consumer electronics and wireless accessories, has selected XQ Interactive Retail and RQ Retail Management System to deliver great experiences in its stores. The Philadelphia International Airport location is the first in a series of stores to be outfitted with interactive digital displays that bring elements of online and mobile shopping experiences into the physical store through a suite of applications.
Do your parents or grandparents really need a full-blown computer? One startup thinks the answer might be no. Seattle-based Pure Devices has launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of a new tabletop touchscreen device that streams data and applications from the cloud to a simplified user interface.
Wouldn't it be great if fitness and medical gadgets automatically knew who was wearing them? Researchers from Dartmouth have come up with a new way to provide health monitors just such an ability using a tiny electric current and a bioimpedance sensor. You see, each person's body provides a different amount of opposition to electrical current, so bioimpedance can be a unique biometric identifier.
The Microsoft-powered police surveillance system being installed in New York City is an impressive bit of innovation: It connects a wide variety of technology already in use by the New York Police Department in a way that gives police a powerful new tool in preventing and solving crime. The system, dubbed the Domain Awareness System (DAS), sounds like science fiction: Part Minority Report, part 1984.
Silicon Valley believes in neither inhibition, nor prohibition. Openness is encouraged, drunkenness is often cast upon blind eyes. And yet some still frown on the idea that alcohol is anything other than an evil liquid, sent by the forces of darkness to make man incoherent. I have scientific evidence that this might not be the case.
When Apple introduced Passbook at its developers conference in June, it looked like one more step on the way to making the iPhone an electronic wallet. Andy Schmidt, a research director at CEB TowerGroup’s commercial banking and payments practice, called it “a potentially disruptive mobile wallet waiting for payment capabilities.
There's always a pause after someone asks, "Can I have your number?" Someone's silently wondering if complying will mean trouble. What if you didn't have to worry about about that? Enter the Burner App . For $1.99 per use, iPhone owners can get a disposable, short-term phone number to use for business, pleasure or any combination of the two.
There's little doubt that mobile payments hold a ton of potential for the future of commerce, but without proper direction (and willingness for adoption), the technology remains little more than an impractical curiosity for the majority of consumers. In an effort to define a way forward for the mobile payment industry, a large number of heavy hitters have banded together under the umbrella of the Electronic Transactions Association to form the Mobile Payments Committee.
Here’s five ways that next-generation solar technologies can survive and even thrive in the difficult solar manufacturing market. The past 18 months will be remembered as a time when solar manufacturers delivered ugly earnings reports and even witnessed some of their smaller peers face bankruptcy.
Disneyland is going to get a touch more awesome if new research coming out of Disney’s Pittsburgh research lab gets its day. The project, called Botanicus Interacticus , turns plants into multi-touch sensors. Just check out this promotional video for its SIGGRAPH 2012 exhibition and tell me it’s not rad: The plants will be paired with visual displays that allow the input to be projected back to the user in the form of visual responses.
Samsung Electronics' total U.S. Galaxy Tab unit sales represented just 4 percent of the Apple iPad 's sales, underscoring the tremendous gap between the two companies when it comes to tablets . In total, Samsung sold 1.4 million units of its Galaxy Tab , Galaxy Tab 10.1 , and the LTE variant of the 10.
Cobham Defense Electronics in Lowell, Massachusetts will supply 1000 modules for the phased array antennas on each satellite. The modules are made up of a complex power amplifier, beamformer and receive amplifier modules. The modules allow the satellite to transmit and receive communications.
At this point, most of our readers are familiar with what the next iPhone is going to look like, including the fact that it will feature a unibody design with a two-tone metal backplate. But what’s the story with that metal backplate? Has it been designed that way just to look good and set itself apart from the design of the iPhone 4/4S, or is there a more cogent design philosophy behind the three alternating stripes of metal and glass? We won’t know for sure what Apple is thinking until the iPhone 5 is officially announced, but one industrial designer has a great theory about why the back of the next iPhone looks the way it does.
Battery management permanently checks the age, state of charge and operational reliability Never again a flat battery RUB researchers develop an early warning system for vehicle batteries Battery management permanently checks the age, state of charge and operational reliability A flat battery can turn an unsuspecting car driver into an unintentional pedestrian.
by Peter Pachal Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 tablet with something special inside. An Intel Atom chip ("Clover Trail") powers the device, bringing fully featured Windows -- not Windows RT -- to a tablet device. Angle View The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is just 0.
A fundamental characteristic of quantum physics is the fact that two or more particles can exhibit correlations stronger than classically allowed. This unique characteristic applies particularly to quantum entanglement: as soon as the quantum state of a particle is measured the state of its entangled partner changes accordingly, regardless of how far apart the two entangled particles might be.
Efficient manufacture and optimized conductivity Electron microscopy (cross-section, left, and facing view) shows an even distribution of indium titanium oxide nanocrystals essential for a highly conductive, transparent thin film. Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells.
Two researchers have reprised in the journal Energy Policy their groundbreaking finding that improvements in lighting — from candles to gas lamps to electric bulbs — historically have led to increased light consumption rather than lower overall energy use by society. Sandia researcher Jeff Tsao and colleagues have published a follow-up paper in the journal Energy Policy regarding the productivity gains to be realized with LED lighting.
Today, MetroPCS is announcing what it calls the "world’s first launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services," beating out Korean SK Telecom’s claim by just one day. For the most part, US carriers aren’t planning to adopt VoLTE on a wide scale until 2013, but MetroPCS announced its plan to move early during an earnings call in February .
By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Convergence Communications LLC The Texas Instruments CC1110 Mini Development Kit is an inexpensive, full featured development kit that provides a fast way to start low-power sub-GHz (868 to 915 MHz) wireless projects. The CC1110 Mini Development Kit (see Figure 1) is designed for rapid prototyping of wireless alarm and security systems, industrial monitoring and control applications, and wireless sensor networks.
"> My post about podcasting earlier this week attracted a lot of insightful comments. There were also a few insulting comments, but overall the feedback showcased what makes podcasts worth consuming: passionate voices . Not coincidentally, passion is also what makes blogs a vital part of the media world.
When a magnitude 6.7 " target=_blank> earthquake struck the Philippines Monday, residents and local media outlets used "> Twitter and "> Facebook to alert residents and quell tsunami-inspired panic. But they're not the only ones using social media to sound a digital alarm when disaster strikes.
"> WhitePages is introducing a new Android app today called Current Caller ID that displays not just the name of callers but also their recent status updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, plus information from their location, such as weather and news. Yep, this might just be the ultimate app for chit-chat.
Starbucks has partnered with Square and will offer its mobile payment system soon, where all you need is your name to pay for your coffee. A potentially market-changing partnership between Square, the mobile payments company, and Starbucks, the coffee chain, has been announced . Besides investing in Square, Starbucks will start processing its credit card payments through the company, and will be offering customers the chance to pay for their coffees using Square's app too.