The IoT Ecosystem Meets the Supply Chain

We've all read the ever-increasing projections for Internet of Things (IoT) market growth. As this is occurring, there are a number of significant implications for the semiconductor and device supply industry. The interrelated dynamics between projections for IoT growth and the impact on the supply chain are the subject of the following article — and…

Wireless Tech & the New Wave of Wearables

It's finally happened. After much speculation and anticipation, Apple introduced to the world the Apple Watch, which means the tech giant is finally getting into the wearable space. While Google Glass and Galaxy Gear have long been in the market, Apple's watch could be considered the last major piece of the wearables puzzle that will…

3D-Printed Instruments Used in Live Concert

Lund University professor Olaf Diegel and a band comprising students at the Swedish school's Malmö Academy of Music recently put on what they called the world's first live concert of its kind, using only 3D-printed instruments. A drum kit, a keyboard, and two electric guitars, were part of the September show. Diegel, a design engineer…

Myo: More Muscle for Wearables?

At the Designer of Things conference in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to chat with Chris Goodine, developer evangelist for Thalmic Labs, about the company's innovative wearable control device, Myo. Myo is an armband that monitors electrical signals in the wearer's arm muscles and converts them into roll, pitch, and yaw (movement along the…

Maker Faire Meets the Big Apple

Hundreds of large companies, startups, maker spaces, and scientists converged at Maker Faire, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Makers big and small came with curiosity to play with hundreds of projects. Click through to view some of our favorites. Hexapod robot University of Arizona student Matt Bunting created this spider-like…

Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color

Finding their inspiration from nature's most skillful camouflage artists such as octopuses, squids, and cuttlefishes, MIT researchers have found a way to design a flexible material that can change both its color or fluorescence and its texture at the same time, on demand. According to MIT assistant professor of mechanical engineering Xuanhe Zhao, who joined…

The Secret to Buying Electronics Design Services

When sourcing electronics engineering and design services, choosing a supplier that also does manufacturing can have significant benefits, whether you use its manufacturing services or not. Design firms Many design firms specialize in electronic design and engineering services. They create a design, build a working prototype, and deliver a product data package that should have…