Posts posted in September 2014
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
Francis DaCosta 9/30/2014 (1) comment
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
Junko Yoshida 9/29/2014 (11) comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces
Max Maxfield 9/26/2014 (13) comments
There have been some interesting videos of user interface parodies over the years -- some that are old chestnuts, some that deserve to be called classics, and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity
Suzanne Deffree 9/25/2014 (17) comments
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of NewDealDesign, discusses his views on the changing world of design as electronics enter the age of wearables and the Internet of Things, as well as his personal perspective in working on the FitBit, the Lytro Camera, and Google's new modular and 3D printed Ara phone.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
Rick Merritt 9/24/2014 (13) comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color
Julien Happich 9/22/2014 (15) comments
Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
Junko Yoshida 9/19/2014 (9) comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be "the next connected space," a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Is On-Demand Packaging Ready to Take Off?
Frank Cavallaro 9/16/2014 (5) comments
Only 7% of companies use on-demand packaging, but the search for more cost-efficient solutions in the face of multi-channel distribution should fuel the rapid rise of this new technology.
RadioShack:The End Is Nigh!
David Blaza 9/15/2014 (4) comments
Perhaps this is the natural order of business -- Darwinism and RadioShack's impending demise open the door wider for companies like SparkFun and Adafruit to grow.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight
R. Colin Johnson 9/12/2014 (3) comments
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies.
iPhone Tech Evolves & Thrives: Infographic
Hailey Lynne McKeefry 9/12/2014 (8) comments
A look at the trajectory of the iPhone shows consistent growth and a track record for innovation. Now, let's talk about how the electronics supply chain will shift along with changes in consumer electronics.
Winged Parcel Delivery: Google's Way
Julien Happich 9/11/2014 (1) comment
While there is still debate about if legislation would ever allow swarms of commercial drones to fly over our heads, Google recently unveiled some details of its own drone-based delivery project, named Project Wing.
Employees at Apple Supplier Factory at Risk, Report Says
Jessica Lipsky 9/8/2014 (11) comments
Serious health, safety, environmental, and human rights violations were found at a Suqian, China, factory that has contracts with Apple, Dell, HP, and others, a report from China Labor Watch and Green America says.
Tracing the Future of the Smart Device Market
Ken Neusaenger 9/8/2014 (17) comments
The consumer electronics market is quickly evolving, with new and better devices hitting the hands of consumers. The semiconductor supply chain has to consider how these shifts will likely hit the high-end OEM customer.
Smart Shirts Take the Court at US Open
Amy Norcross 9/5/2014 (16) comments
Ralph Lauren has teamed up with the Canadian technology firm OMsignal to produce a smart shirt featuring real-time biometric tracking capabilities that debuted at the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships.
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