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January/February 2015 — Security for the Smart Home

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The January/February issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great content from Smart Home Security to Remote Sensing with WirelessHART Process Transmitters, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about how they're addressing test equipment design needs due to an increase in M2M ... 

Gesture Sensors Revolutionize User Interface Control

February 25, 2015 4:21 pm | by Dan Jacobs, Senior Product Manager (US), ams AG | Articles | Comments

Designers face a variety of challenges when selecting the most appropriate type of buttons or...

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...

How U.S. Immigration Laws Affect Engineering

February 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

As I’ve stated in previous blogs, I’m not one for arguing politics – meaning, I’m good at...

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Could Your Product Win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing, design engineering and consumer markets as well as science, academia and government ...

Is DC Power the Way of the Future?

February 20, 2015 11:25 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The war of the currents still rages … politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live ...

In the HotSeat: Dr. Wald Siskens, CEO, EnOcean

February 18, 2015 1:29 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Last year, EnOcean welcomed Dr. Wald Siskens as its new CEO, who prior to EnOcean, had a 17-year career with Phillips Electronics ...          

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LTE-Advanced & Carrier Aggregation - An RF Double Whammy

February 18, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jeremy Hendy, VP Marketing, Nujira | Articles | Comments

Although RF engineers are still largely focused on maximizing the efficiency and performance of LTE front ends, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) will soon introduce a range of new challenges and complexity that need to be overcome in handsets ...           

Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

MIT Study Shows Which Tech Businesses Tend to Thrive

February 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

New businesses spring up all the time in the U.S. But which ones have the greatest ability to become big? A method developed by MIT researchers, based on an empirical study, projects the growth potential of high-tech firms with new precision ...                  

Circling Back to the Mobile Revolution

January 13, 2015 11:30 am | by Eric Bilange, Head of Rich Engagement Services, Acision | Articles | Comments

Amongst many technological advances, 2014 witnessed smart watches hit the market with the same (or better) computing and processing power as desktops. Such developments are driving new levels of smart device adoption, with the GSMA predicting penetration rates to reach 75 percent in Europe and North America by 2020 ...              

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 ...                                      

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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 ... 

Fashion Designers Spruce up Smartwatches at CES

January 8, 2015 9:10 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night ...                                

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 ... 

Wi-Fi Alliance Publishes "Fifteen for 2015" Predictions

January 7, 2015 4:39 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

2014 was a monumental year for Wi-Fi – the wireless technology celebrated 15 years, carried more than 42 percent of the world’s mobile data traffic and 90 percent of the world’s tablet traffic, and connected users to more than 47 million public hotspots worldwide. Wi-Fi is on a path to provide seamless Wi-Fi virtually everywhere ...   

AT&T Not Worried About Network Impact from Connected Cars

January 7, 2015 12:42 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market ...                  

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Photos of the Day: Smart Solutions for a Connected World

January 7, 2015 10:50 am | by Bosch | News | Comments

The world is becoming more connected, and at times, it seems as though the Internet and globalization have developed a momentum of their own. Companies like Bosch can help shape these developments. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Bosch will be ...                    

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 ...                       

Brainstorm: IoT Impact on Spectrum Analyzers

January 6, 2015 12:05 pm | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

The “internet of things” is having a clear impact on spectrum analysis on quite a few fronts. Frequency utilization is becoming more refined and deployed services are vying for ever-diminishing spectrum. The constant proliferation of unique wireless applications is having a clear impact on end-product design considerations, and ... 

Letters to the Editor: Drone Danger in an Unlicensed Airspace

December 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design & Development’s (WDD) recent post “Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace” received a lot of feedback from our readers. Check out a few of my favorites (all sic), and add to the discussion in the comments section ...              

Finally, A Wearable that Works

December 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The PerformTek technology powers a variety of wearable devices with highly accurate, continuous heart rate monitoring, providing information on oxygen consumption and cadence. It can be integrated into mobile devices, allowing consumers to use it for ...               

ERICSSON’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015: Connectivity Integrated into Daily Life

December 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ericsson | News | Comments

The end of 2014 is approaching, and Ericsson ConsumerLab can now, in the fourth edition of its annual trend report, present the hottest consumer trends for 2015 and beyond. Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab ...             

Powering Underground Wireless Sensors

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Wireless devices have become ubiquitous, with new applications continually emerging to address the needs of a technology-driven world. Wireless devices can now be found virtually everywhere; from underwater sensor networks that warn of seismic activities that could lead to tsunamis ...               

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 ...            

Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They incredible feats of technology that are finding new applications in a variety of markets – and they’re really fun to play with. However, a recent reader comment on “Drone Sightings up Dramatically” caught my attention ...          

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 ...            

Infrared Technology for Touchscreens

November 6, 2014 11:26 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive ...

Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

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