This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines:
Ambient backscatter for the Internet of Things: A new technology known as "ambient backscatter," developed by engineers at the University of Washington, could make the Internet of Things a reality. The technology uses TV and cellular signals to provide power and medium for battery-free communication.
Boeing's impressive laser weapon system: Boeing recently announced that its Thin Disk Laser system has achieved unexpected levels of power and efficiency, bringing the concept of laser weaponry one step closer to the battlefield.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Samsung is about to beat Apple to the punch, with the Galaxy Gear, said to be available next month. Bloomberg stated that the wristwatch-like smartphone will be unveiled at Samsung's Mobile Unpacked 2 event.