Auto Infotainment Hits the Supply Chain

More automakers are offering high-end information systems in their cars, spiking demand for infotainment modules in the electronics supply chain. High-end applications, such as running smartphone applications on a dashboard console or dictating emails with voice commands, were previously limited to BMW, Mercedes, and other luxury brand cars. Now more advanced offerings have begun to…

Expect Innovations With Glasses-Free 3D

The next big thing in smartphone and tablet innovation seems to be pointing at the screen display. Glasses-free 3D displays are coming into play. We can expect to see holographics, maybe by the end of this year, in the first Amazon smartphone. More than a year ago, rumors started to circulate that Amazon was developing…

22-Fold Rise Predicted for M2M Devices by 2016

Machine-to-machine communication — when sensors, cameras, and wireless technologies are used to monitor, analyze, and forward critical information to Internet-connected devices — is the key to thousands of market opportunities. There is an enormous opportunity for marketing to and through devices like smartphones and tablets. Add real-time sensing and data monitoring, and that mobile device…

DropTag: A Logistics Dream Come True

Have you ever been the recipient of a package that looked perfectly fine on the outside, but the contents were seriously damaged? The first question is, “How is this possible?” The second question is, “Did they package up a broken product without realizing it?” And then comes the hapless declaration distancing oneself from any responsibility…

Connected People Meet the Connected Car

We're all walking around hyper-connected with all sorts of gizmos — namely, smartphones — with all sorts of bells, whistles, and life-tracking apps. Why shouldn't your car be part of that mobile-life experience? That's what carmakers and consortia, such as Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), are wondering, and what's making their collective presence more noteworthy these…

When the Innovation Train Derails

New-product innovation is as relentless and unforgiving as it can be rewarding. Apple's learning that big time these days. That its stock has fallen significantly in recent months isn't the point (unless you've taken a bath on your Apple investment). The point is its innovation train has derailed. Once hip, now uncool? Co-founder Steve Wozniak…

Infographic: Conflict Minerals Trail

Fourteen months from now, the first conflict minerals reports are due to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC, in August 2012, ruled that US manufacturers and contract manufacturers must disclose any use of conflict minerals that originated in the Congo, where human rights abuses are linked to battles over those minerals. Here's a…