Vision in living beings is a pretty incredible thing. The eyeball hardware and the brain software seem effortlessly to do what we struggle to do in inorganic hardware and software. But we’re making progress. And, today, we take on two vision topics – but, unlike in the past, they’re not closely related. They’re about two very different aspects of vision. And we’ll take them in the … Read More → "Seeing and Being Seen"
Pop quiz: Is a car a Thing?
This gets us into that perennial discussion of what goes into what group. There are tons of IoT gadgets that fit into the IoT group, but is a car one of them? After all, the car of the future will communicate with the cloud, so it will be on the internet. And it is, of course, a lower-case thing. But … Read More → "How Does a Car Talk to the Cloud?"
Security takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) joins us to discuss the benefits of a holistic approach to embedded security, the details of their Guardian Security platform, and the curious connection Concurrent Technologies Read More → "Security Sea Change"
This week we investigate embedded optical modules with Gerry Persaud from Reflex Photonics – The Light on Board Company. Gerry and I discuss the benefits of their chip-sized embedded optical modules and why Reflex Photonics stands out in the optical module ecosystem. We also check out a research study at Stanford University that demonstrates how optical fiber cables embedded … Read More → "Optics All Around: Light on Board and Waves in the Ground"
One clear effect of the IoT revolution has been the integration of technology ecosystems that had been independent for decades. Because the IoT is an enormous super-system that takes data from edge nodes through a vast network to the cloud/data center and back again, just about any system we design today ends up connected to every other system being designed. The scope of the communication required is almost … Read More → "Qorvo and the Rare Air of RF"
In IoTland, communication is king. It puts the Internet in the IoT. But how to communicate? LTE? BlueTooth? WiFi? It partly depends on the application and the location, but it also depends on how far you are from a wall plug.
Because many IoT devices are small, portable, and – this is key – battery-powered, they will forever be infinitely far away from the wall plug. While WiFi has … Read More → "Full-Power WiFi at Half the Power"