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Cloud Computing: Not Just an Open or Shut Case
10/17/2014

​Choosing a cloud platform has become a frequent and critical decision as more companies elect to offload their ineffective and expensive in-house data storage efforts. But selecting the right cloud computing platform involves many considerations, such as features, benefits and pitfalls that can have a big impact on how a company does business.
Wearables: Tracking, Computing and Making Sense of Context Awareness
9/26/2014

Wearable devices are moving quickly from concept to reality based on evolving technologies such as sensor fusion, communications and vision. Wearables have evolved to become perceptually aware agents that learn through users’ experiences, activities and environment through observation via diverse physical sensors.
What’s Next for Lithium Power?
9/26/2014

Li-ion batteries feature a high voltage, excellent energy density, a large number of recharge cycles and a slow self-discharge rate. The technology’s energy density allows manufacturers to produce batteries that take up much less space and are lighter than alternative chemistries of the same capacity.
Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
9/26/2014

​Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured a gas station attendant, a hardware store security guard and a security guard hired by the town.
Electromechanical Relays 101: Versatility, Flexibility and Ruggedness
9/22/2014

The electromechanical relay can be used to switch AC and DC signals as well as power; the control voltage on the coil and the load current through the switched contacts are isolated and independent circuits. As a result, this simple-to-understand component is well-suited to solving many applications and interface challenges.
FPGAs Support Bridging to Improve Design Efficiency and Reuse
9/22/2014

Many designers may remember the early days of programmable logic when simple programmable logic devices (PLDs) such as PALs and FPLAs were used to replace SSI or MSI devices. Engineers could create their own IC that did just what they wanted.
3-D Printing Maximizes Design Flexibility in Defense and Aerospace
9/22/2014

The aerospace and defense industries have long been developers, and early adopters, of cutting-edge technology. Aerospace and defense companies, for example, have been using 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) technologies for nearly three decades.
Gesture Recognition, Proximity Sensors Drive Advances in Automotive Infotainment
9/15/2014

​Safety must remain paramount when designing interactive interfaces for automotive applications, including guarding against distracted driving. Unlike interactions with smartphones and other mobile devices in which our main focus is on the device screen, in a car the driver must be focused on the road even while controlling the vehicle’s infotainment system. But with in-vehicle audio/visual options growing immensely in their breadth and capability — including navigation, music or phone calls — too often drivers become distracted.
Def/Aero Heads-Up Displays Expand Into Consumer Markets
8/26/2014

Many technologies that consumers take for granted — RF and microwave, for example — were originally developed for military use. Heads-up displays (HUDs) — technology that projects images directly in front of viewers, usually on glass — were developed for military fighter jets so pilots could view flight-related data without removing their eyes from the windshield.
Top 5 Energy Harvesting Options for Wearable Devices
8/25/2014

We've  grown accustomed to new releases of technological advancements that are hitting  the shelves on an almost daily basis. And most — if not all — of the technology  now part of our lives requires a power source. As the demand for new technology  grows, so too does the demand for relevant power sources, bringing new focus  and emphasis to energy harvesting. On a micro level, wearable devices are  driving demand for energy harvesting methods that enhance, monitor or support  our lives in some way, usually through devices that are attached, sewn, or  affixed to an individual.
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