‘Social TV’ Talks Back to Smart TV

The problem with Smart TV is that its main value is an Internet connection, something that is not unique. Consumers can use game consoles or Internet TV boxes such as the new Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku, among others. Each provides the network connection but no compelling user interface that's commonplace on smartphones,…

New DARPA Program Targets Bootleg Components

The electronics industry has adopted a wealth of practices to foil or at least identify counterfeit components, from marking to x-raying. Now the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is calling upon engineers to solve the problem. DARPA has published a call for proposals to develop a nearly microscopic component that could be attached…

Imaging Goes Hyperspectral

Over the past few years, we have seen significant growth in interest in our hyperspectral imaging technology. We hear about applicability of this technology in new areas almost every day. It may not be unrealistic to expect that in a few years we may all have mobile devices equipped with hyperspectral sensors used to monitor…

Gesture Interface at CES Taps Ultrasound

Gesture recognition technology on display at 2014 International CES may be the cure for those frustrated by sensitive touchscreen sensors. For the first time in the United States, Norwegian company Elliptic Labs will exhibit its Elliptic SDK, which uses ultrasound for touchless gesturing on Android and Windows operating systems. “A lot of consumers are looking…

Interaxon Headband Outdoes Google Glass

Google has made wearable technology chic with Google Glass, pairs of which recently landed in the hands of 8,000 lucky techies who won the chance through a contest to purchase an early test pair for $1,500 each. Consumer electronics manufacturer Foxconn will build the multimedia, Internet-connected glasses, which tether to wearers' mobile phones, in the…

Balancing the Business & Technical Challenges of SSL

As solid-state lighting (SSL) continues to penetrate the overall general lighting market, it's generating significant new market opportunities for both traditional lighting companies, as well as technology companies that may be new to lighting. Continued, rapid technology advancements are facilitating greater performance for more value, which in turn creates a more compelling ROI payback model.…

Suppliers Squeezed as Apple Cuts Components Orders

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} has reportedly drastically scaled down orders for components from suppliers as the company faces increased competition from rival {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.}. Apple has also trimmed its forecast for the sales of iPhone 5 in response to lower-than-expected demand, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. If confirmed (Apple…

Master Distributors Offers E-Switch Devices

SANTA MONICA, CA — Master Distributors, a leading distributor of electromechanical, interconnect and passive components, announces that it now carries TL3240 Series and TL3210 Series illuminated tact switches from E-Switch. Both series are surface mount (SMT) switches that offer LED illumination in a variety of colors for applications such as the audio/visual market, computer peripherals,…