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t.alex
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t.alex   3/4/2013 10:04:10 AM
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FLYINGSCOT,

 

Zigbee should be popular and it is mainly found in industrial applications, not consumer products.

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FLYINGSCOT   2/19/2013 4:05:01 PM
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Zigbee has been around for years but I am not sure how well it is actually selling.  I do not think it has ever lived up to the hype.  However I recently saw a post about Nordic Semiconcuctor (I seem to recall) who claimed to have a very useful ultra low power version of Zigbee.  It might be worth checking it out.

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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
mfbertozzi   2/18/2013 11:42:49 AM
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@DA: thanks again, it is a very fascinating discussion, my pleasure; I believe you have properly outlined several interesting key factors which are doable to influence the near future in terms of smart-objects and apps embedded. Thanks again.

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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
t.alex   2/17/2013 11:02:30 PM
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Douglas, 

Thanks for highlighting on the size of Zigbee radio. I am curious about the complexity of Zigbee vs Wifi and how would people manage to fit Wifi into mobile but not yet Zigbee. Zigbee seems to be much simpler than Wifi.

 

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Re: Keeping up with change
Douglas Alexander   2/16/2013 12:55:55 PM
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@Brian...Not to mention the fact that inner-product line delvelopment advancements can make an iPad three obsolete with an iPad 4 within months of former's release. I still don't know what the change-worthy buying incentives are, but I'm not looking either. iPad 5 is on the way...I'm sure. 

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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
Douglas Alexander   2/16/2013 12:45:50 PM
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@mf, Good point again. "Seamlessness" is definitely a technology enabling factor. Convergence of various technologies largely depends on the interfaces, data modes, and power requirements distribution between the technolgies allowing them to work in tandem. I never thought of this before, but there probably is room for a company that exists soley to analyse the various technologies' I/O for the purpose of selling canned interfaces between or among systems. I know that software operating systems use API, real-time sharing and file format conversions for intercommunication, but take that concept to blend hardware/software based convergent technologies together seamlessly and truly agile products across many industry sectors can become a huge boost to the economy. By definition if the individual technology is already in place, then creating new products that simply major in tying the technolgies together into whole new products, would have a relatively short time-to-market and very low R&D costs.

mfbertozzi
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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
mfbertozzi   2/16/2013 9:58:18 AM
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@DA: many thanks, very interesting feedback; speaking for myself, I think you are right in suggesting a prudent approach by adopting 6...but on the other hand I think technology for making a step forward, sooner or later, will go toward seemless deployment and maybe we will assist to a sort of overall integration among short-wide protocols communication.

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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
Douglas Alexander   2/16/2013 9:25:38 AM
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@mf...iI think 6LowPan has weaknesses and strengths. The fact that a ZigBee can use 6... Is a plus, but I'm not sure I want to run critical sense and control applications over IP. HLS is already having fits about cyber terrorism and sensitive grids like power and it would seem that almost any IP transport stream is vulnerable to hacking. Until Internet Security becomes hack proof, I would hesitate to encourage any national security sensitive applications from the 6... protocol. That being said, for in home use or non security sensitive applications, 6... May become the application of choice as ZigBee does not have a PN innate connectivity to TC/IP stack. 6... Would facilitate multi-mode controls over otherwise discrete ZigBee systems, so I think there is definitely a possibility that 6... Will have a serious impact in the same market space as ZigBee, but they may work more in consort rather than competition. Good Question! Recently, I was asked to consult on a Digital TV network installation where we could distribute the signals through the AC power lines in a medical clinic. I think there are multiple choices and mixes for transport protocols and mixing and matching, if interfaces become transparent to one another, will produce even more flexible products for home and industry. It could become a market sector in itself.

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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
mfbertozzi   2/16/2013 8:15:14 AM
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@DA: do you think sooner or later IOT (Internet of Things), by deploying 6LowPan, will replace short range paradigm, including ZigBee or RFID?

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Keeping up with change
Brian Fuller   2/15/2013 7:27:12 PM
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There's an interesting subtext that strikes me in this thread. It used to be (and still is) the case that technologists complain that governmental regulation of technology can't keep up with technology's hyper-fast changes. 

Perhaps we're at the point within the industry itself that we can't keep up with the changing pace of the very technology we invent. In other words, there's some natural human "adoption rate." 

So to the victors go the quickest adoption of the fastest-changing technologies. Maybe this is stating the obvious. 

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