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    The Middle-earth of smart jewelry technology design

    By Richard Wallace | March 31, 2015

    Magic crystal rings are the stuff of Middle-earth – until you unravel and explore the mysteries designed deeply inside the latest smart jewelry offerings.

    Take the oh-so-fashionable Ringly crystal cocktail ring. Designed by engineers from MIT, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon, it employs densely integrated wireless technology to connect wearers with their cellphones via an app that delivers alerts, messages, and social media notifications via vibration.

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      Raspberry Pi 2: The reviews are in. This beast rocks!

      March 30, 2015

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      Reviews may be in the eyes of the reviewer, but facts are facts. And the facts are that the newest Raspberry Pi is already a resounding success. In just two weeks following its early February introduction, the Raspberry Pi 2 racked up sales of 500,000 units, accounting for a tenth of the five million units sold since the first version of the single-board computer was shipped in 2012, says Eben Upton, head of the Raspberry Pi foundation.

      Smart Wearable Things, Internet of Things

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        Smart silicon ticks like sands of time for watch makers

        By Richard Wallace | March 29, 2015

        When it comes to smart watches, the Swiss watch industry is pretty much whistling past the graveyard, a reaction of digital denial aptly captured by this headline and report filed during Switzerland’s iconic timepiece and jewelry show, Baselworld 2015 last week.

        Baselworld: Swiss elite shrug off Apple smart watch challenge

        That’s not to say that the Swiss’s not-so-elite are going to get caught flatfooted  in the transition to the smart watch, with many makers taking the challenge seriously.

        The Connected Automobile

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          Expanded Traveo automotive MCU family for 2D and 3D graphics

          By Murray Slovick | March 27, 2015

          Traveo

          Cypress Semiconductor has added to its Traveo microcontroller (MCU) family with a new series that delivers 2-D and 3-D graphics for dashboards, head-up displays and HVAC systems in compact vehicles.

          The S6J32BA and S6J32DA series build upon Spansion’s announcement of the Traveo 2-D graphics MCU S6J324C series and the 3-D graphics MCU S6J326C series for midsize cars last October.

          The Connected Automobile

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            Silicon Labs Pumps Up the Volume with Scalable Car Radio Solutions

            By Murray Slovick | March 27, 2015

            Silicon Labs

            According to IHS Automotive, global automotive sales for 2015 will reach 88.6 million light vehicle units, with China leading the volume growth. Many of today’s vehicles feature sophisticated infotainment systems with multiple tuner ICs and antennas to support maximal ratio combining (MRC) for digital radio, FM phase diversity reception, Radio Data System (RDS) info-navigation data, and digital radio standards such as HD Radio and Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)

            To meet this demand Silicon Labs has introduced a portfolio of receivers/audio processors and multi-standard digital radio ICs designed to deliver AM/FM and digital radio performance.

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              Wearable Tech Show focuses on health ecosystem

              By Nitin Dahad | March 26, 2015

              Open Bionics, a startup in Bristol Robotic’s Laboratory’s Technology Incubator (UK) exhibited its bionic arm at London’s Wearable Technology Show 2015.

              Wearable technology and devices appear to have been making all the headlines so far in 2015.  But for those of us focusing on the technology or the devices, we might be missing the big picture.  The market really is taking off in a big way, and huge opportunities are still opening up in all sorts of areas – from health and fitness, to consumer retail.

              Smart Wearable Things, Entrepreneurship

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                Wearable tech explosion: what’s an entrepreneur to do?

                March 25, 2015

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                Wearable technology has played center stage in Silicon Valley and many other industry events around the world this fashion season, reaching a crescendo at Apple Watch’s smart watch media extravaganza on March 9th.

                But smart wear is not just about fashion. More and more wearable tech applications are coming to light in diverse and disparate sectors, from fitness to wellness, e-Health, sports and entertainment.

                Internet of Things, Drones

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                  New buzz for μRFID tracking, motion detection technology

                  By Richard Wallace | March 25, 2015

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                  New μRFID sensing technology tracks bees at a range of 1.2m – a huge increase from previous RFID tags.

                  Drone makers and IoT architects are keeping close tabs on two new technology developments, μRFID tagging and the Rana motion detection technology, for possible future identification, tracking and control applications.

                  Developments in both technologies came to light this week in an article published in Engineering & Technology Magazine that reported that a group of ecologists in the UK have fitted a tiny μRFID tag to a bee as part of a live field tracking study.