Untangling Wireless Charging

An Attempt to Clarify Terms and Standards

by Bryon Moyer

So I saw an announcement or two about wireless power and thought it might be time to do an update. But as I looked around and spoke with various people, I have to say… I found myself increasingly unsure and confused. A lot has happened since we last dealt with this part of the industry, and things that seemed clear once upon a time no longer seem so.

So rather than doing an update, I think we need a clarifier. In the world of wireless power, there are multiple “standards,” multiple standards bodies, several approaches available, and numerous commercial players – some of which don’t limit themselves to standardized techniques.

 

Quality!

Judging What’s Good and What’s Bad is Harder Than it Sounds

by Jim Turley

There’s an old Doonesbury comic strip in which the main character tags along behind a famous real-estate developer as the latter shows off his newest high-rise hotel. “Gold faucets!” the developer shouts. “Quality!”

The point of the strip is that the two characters have very different ideas about what constitutes quality. For one, it’s flash and dazzle. High cost equals high quality. Exclusivity is good for its own sake. For the other, it’s something more basic, like reliable running water.

 

That’s So Cool!

It’s Good to be an Engineer, the Creators of Coolness in our World

by Jim Turley

At this festive time of year, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for our fellow engineers. Be grateful that we didn’t take up careers in metallurgy, or agriculture, or as stonemasons. How much do you think those professions have changed in the past hundred years? Compare that to the rapid pace of change in electronics, programming, real-time systems, networking, semiconductor fabrication, wireless technology… everything! We get to work in an area of constant change. We get to see – indeed, sometimes create – constant innovation, progress, and advancement. It’s never the same from year to year. We get to make the cool stuff. How many farmers can say that?

 

Our 3D Printed Universe

Prototyping and Beyond with FATHOM 3D Printing

by Amelia Dalton

Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We also chat about how enterprise and consumer 3D printing differ, cutting edge 3D printing applications, and what the future holds.

 

Less Silicon, More Brain

The 2016 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

by Amelia Dalton

It all started in 1976 with a pressure control sensor in an automotive design. The sensor revolution began, and we had no idea that in forty short years we would be looking at sensors and MEMS-enabled systems that would drive around thirty million connected devices. In this week’s Fish Fry, we bring you the coolest innovations and groundbreaking designs from this year’s MEMS Executive Congress in Scottsdale Arizona. We’ve got a selection of interviews from the Technology Showcase including a new always-on piezoelectric MEMS microphone, a biometric gaming application that uses real-time biometric data, the world’s first SmartCase with built-in microprocessing technology, and much more.

 

IoT Lock and Key

The Recent DDoS Attacks and IoT Security Today

by Amelia Dalton

In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we tackle the issues surrounding the recent DDoS attacks with Barr Group CEO Andrew Girson. We investigate the systemic security issues facing IoT designs today, the security challenges posed by legacy IoT devices, and the steps we need to take to create a more efficient development process for secure embedded systems. Also this week, we chat with Keith Reed (COO - DevicePilot) about the details of DevicePilot's cloud-based IoT management software.

 

Cyberwarfare and Cyber Whack-a-Mole

Are the Aggressors Going to Win, and Who Wears the White Hat?

by Dick Selwood

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz, the Prussian general who also was a theoretical thinker, wrote, "War is a mere continuation of politics by other means." What exactly he meant by this is the subject of serious debate. Today, however, we are seeing another "continuation of politics by other means", as cyber attacks are moving from data gathering and financial fraud and theft by criminals to attacks on physical systems, including elements of national infrastructures by nation states or organisations closely linked to nation states – in short, cyberwarfare

 

How Secure Are Fitness Devices?

Open Effect Breaks In to Study Privacy

by Bryon Moyer

Privacy is a gnarly problem. It’s a big concern for consumers – part of the reason why the consumer Internet of Things (CIoT) isn’t yet the big deal that proponents were hoping it would be by now. There are no purely technical solutions – or, perhaps better said, any technical efforts to boost privacy ultimately rely on people and the policies they create. Policies are great, but does reality match the policy?

 

A New Twist on an Old Process

Product Creation and Development with TwistThink

by Amelia Dalton

Our brains never seem to know when to stop. We dream of algorithmic optimization. We worry about board design while soaping up in the shower. Our family dinners are peppered with thoughts of thermal dissipation. Turning our daydreams and brainstorms into reality, however, is something else entirely. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we investigate TwistThink's innovative approach to product design. TwistThink CEO Bob Niemiec joins us to discuss how we can convert our bright ideas into successful marketable products.

 

Qualcomm Discovers Its Long Tail

…and Other News from Applied Micro and Your TV Maker

by Jim Turley

Well, that didn’t take long.

In yet another example of the “what gets measured gets done” syndrome, some TV manufacturers now stand accused of cheating on their energy-consumption testing. According to the environmental monitors at the Natural Resources Defense Council, several big-screen TVs are cheating by detecting the government-standard testing methodology and artificially reducing their power to get a rosier efficiency rating. Do you suppose the test engineers drove to work in diesel Volkswagens?

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