Intelligent Supply Chain Fights Theft, Loss

Every year, in the United States alone, cargo theft is rampant and increasingly more sophisticated. To cope, electronics supply chains have to increase visibility to combat loss.  The FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center (FWI SCIC) documented 794 cargo thefts throughout the US in 2014, each averaging $232,924, the group reported in its 2014 US…

Laird Makes Controlling Thermoelectric Assemblies Easier and More Reliable

April 7, 2015 – Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) today announces the new SR-54 Series Bi-Directional Programmable Controller for Thermoelectric Assemblies (TEAs) with built-in monitoring and control intelligence. Standard off-the-shelf controllers are too complex or do not have basic alarm and control features required to run a TEA effectively. With the new SR-54, Laird…

Smart Homes Smell the Coffee

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A new crop of smart home devices on the way will smell the air to make sure it is healthy. The gas sensors are getting built into thermostats, baby monitors, digital night lights and security cameras. Withings, a maker of consumer Internet of Things products, launched one of the first, using…

Apple Watch: Time Will Tell

I gave my 20-something son a $100 Pebble for a gift to see what he thought of the smartwatch. He never wore it. When I asked why he said it didn’t have enough interesting apps. I won’t be making the same experiment with the Apple Watch that comes out April 24 given its $349 minimum…

VR is New Reality at GDC

SAN FRANCISCO — Derek Chen (pictured below) claims he has as many as 20 virtual reality platforms in the lab at his Vancouver office. He co-founded a company now writing applications for many of them because he thinks they represent the next big thing in computer gaming. Chen’s demo with clip on glasses (second picture…

IoT Terrain Still Shifting

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The landscape of the Internet of Things has become complex and will only get more complicated. Competing platforms are still evolving and pathways to interoperability between them need to be built, according to insiders familiar with the terrain “At this point you have several competing technologies and a lot of it…

Tech Fatigue Hits the Mobile Market

If we go back a couple of years, the prospects for new technologies never looked rosier. iPhones sold off the shelves. Smartphones were hot and tablet sales were growing fast. We gleefully anticipated the smart watch and salivated over the Internet of Things. Today, the picture is much more conservative. Google Glass is off the…

FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High

PARIS — The Federal Aviation Administration has released proposed rules for small drones for commercial use, making the first move – at long last — to start integrating these pilotless, untethered flying machines into American airspace. The FAA’s proposed rules stipulating operational limits, operator certification and aircraft requirements are draft regulations that must still undergo…

Wearables Don Smart Fabrics

SAN FRANCISCO – What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop launched in October 2014 as the brainchild of musical instrument designer Keith McMillen who wanted to focus on novel measurements and charging methods. “BeBop is a natural…