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...
Nowadays, users are consumed by technology. It’s on our clothes, in our cars, and making...
From tracking devices to medical innovations, RFID is gaining popularity among those craving...
The lack of women in engineering has been an ongoing issue for some time. In terms of progress, we have seen some marvelous improvements and change for the better. But according to the National Science Foundation’s most recent statistics, an astonishing gender disparity remains...
We now expect more from technology and less from each other. We’re satisfied with “collecting friends like stamps” and substituting quality with quantity. While I appreciate and praise the creature comforts technology provides us, I still prefer ...
I go through cell phones more often than the average consumer, but I blame phone companies for their clever marketing ploys. Sure, I can say no, but then I wouldn’t have a cool new toy to show off to my fiancé (iPhone's greatest and loudest champion). I know that I’m not the only one who creates any excuse possible to get the latest phone upgrade.
About nine months ago, after years of struggling and prolonged lecturing from my family (particularly my daughter) and doctor; and the overload of statistical information, creepy commercials, and high taxes, I was able to give up smoking. I do have to admit, I still would like to light one up at times, but the thought of lung cancer and dying a slow agonizing death is helping me keep the cigarette demons at bay.
If I didn’t recycle or throw them away in the trash, my old cell phones became the property of my daughter’s imagination. Old laptops found their way into Goodwill boxes, and my cassette players and portable cd players from high school are squirreled away in the corner of my closet.
I recently attended a concert in Madison, WI. I placed my phone in my back pocket to avoid carrying a purse and to have it easily accessible when I wanted to update my status and snap a few photos. Unfortunately, after a visit to the facilities and a horrifying plop, I knew that I was in trouble.
I feel like the new kid at school again: A bit shy, reserved, and somewhat intimidated by the veterans. But, at the same time, I am extremely excited for the change and the new adventures that lay ahead. If you’re still wondering why Janine changed her hair, let me put your minds at ease.
It wasn’t so long ago the Apple was the phone to have. Yes, there were the holdouts who took a dislike to the brand’s smartphone monopoly, but for the most part, if you wanted a phone that worked, you took a trip to Steve Jobs land. It seems, however, that the tide is now changing and according to Karl Volkman, Chief Technical Officer at the SRV Network, it was really only a matter of time.
Okay, so it’s no surprise that the engineering community is continuing to be taxed by a need to shrink both the number of components housed on the board, as well as the size of them. So it’s been great to see how a number of semiconductor, power supply, and connector companies are working to provide these solutions.
I’m at the midway point during my first trip to electronica and it has proven both awesome and challenging. Awesome in the number of new technologies that are on display; challenging in navigating a show that is so expansive. Awesome in how much I love Munich; and challenging (to my body) with the amount of beer consumption.
For some, the shower is a sacred place to escape the world for a while and wash all your worries away. For others, the shower is a necessity – an in-and-out in five minutes type deal. Either way, you might get some use – or just a kick – out of some of these shower gadgets and accessories.
Engineers are tossing the batteries and making advances to save wasted energy in more effective and realistic ways Today’s technology offers the OEM more cultivated and feasible power options for wireless networks and devices. Also known as “power harvesting” or “energy scavenging”, energy harvesting is when energy originates elsewhere, from an external source.
We’ve all been there – distracted while driving. Unfortunately for some, it can result in a horrible accident. Hitting another car, a tree, or even a pedestrian. General Motors is making moves to prevent these accidents, and I must admit – the technology is pretty cool (and you’ve probably heard of it).
I’m a strong believer in cleaning up after yourself, but sometimes a crazy schedule crowds not only your calendar, but also your home. As a girl, each morning is a stressful, messy event. Shower – drop the towel on the floor; brush hair – leave the brush on the bathroom vanity; get dressed (five times) – leave the “no’s” on the bed, or the floor, or wherever they land.
So you think you're smart, right? You think you’re memory is impeccable; you always know where you left your keys. You’re definitely quick – you’ve always got the answers tucked away, just waiting for someone to ask the questions. You have strong cognitive capacities through genetics and early development – thank your parents.
We’ve all seen it happen – a pooch waiting in the car for its owner on what feels like a thousand degree day. Even with the car off, the temperature inside can rise to a harmful, potentially life-threatening level. Aaron Starkman felt the threats first hand. After leaving his dog, Hefty, in the car for what he thought would be a couple minutes in the pouring rain, he returned after a 20-minute-long lineup to the sun shining and Hefty struggling in the heat.
I’ve been a Blackberry lover since day one, and for a long time, I loathed each person I saw with an iPhone. In the back of my mind I knew it was pure jealousy, as my good ol’ berry was falling apart in my hands. My carelessness aided in the destruction of this once shiny, new device. At the top of the phone you could see the green circuit board shining through, the plastic covering broke off during an epic fall.
Twelve journalists pack into a tiny glass room with the most captivating views of Oslo – the land of the midnight sun. Situated at the top of Holmenkollen, an Olympic ski jump, the room showcases 360° views of Oslo’s hilly countryside, lively downtown and Pipervika, the Norwegian capital’s principal harbor.
By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Design changes present new opportunities, and requirements, that allow the RF industry to assume a much greater application reach. Malcolm Gladwell, a British-born Canadian journalist, bestselling author and speaker, once said, “Connectors are people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions.
By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI gaskets are a must in order to properly block all interference from reaching your device. A key concern when shielding your design is choosing a gasket. Gaskets are used to seal seams and other gaps that can cause problems in shielding, thus implementing the best fit is imperative.
By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI has the ability to interrupt or even destroy the functionality of unprotected electronics. What’s more important than protecting your valuable electronics from potential threats? Not much. Especially with regards to military electronics, which are growing more and more prevalent every day.
By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Inductors are a vital part of most EMI filters, and can be a smart addition to your design. Connectors, enclosures, resistors, capacitors, attenuators, inductors... and how does this all relate to EMI? EMI inductors “ideal inductors” as opposed to “real” inductors; they have inductance but no resistance or capacitance and they do not either dissipate or radiate energy.