Holiday Travel Offers Big OEM Opportunity

OEMs rejoice in the number of electronics gadgets and gifts that are purchased during the holidays, from smartphones and tablets to highly sophisticated appliances. Holiday travel, though, may further contribute to the bottom line for electronics OEMs. Whether traveling to close out year-end business or visit friends and family, travelers want the benefits, from entertainment…

Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?

Hype or no hype, the Internet of Things (IoT) has proven itself an irreversible trend in 2014. The same goes for wearable devices. As the IoT “becomes more personal and portable,” wearables will become “the fastest ramping technology device,” according to a Morgan Stanley Blue Paper published last month. (Image: Morgan Stanley Blue Paper) I…

What Are You Wearing?

I've been researching the wearables market for the past two weeks in preparation for ARM Wearables Week (an event at which I'm consulting), and I thought I would share some of the interesting insights I received from some very smart people. First and foremost, I made the mistake of thinking this is an emerging market,…

The Role of QA

The quality assurance team is there to test the system and generate a list of bugs. Developers then fix those, and, after passing QA's tests, the product ships. Not. First, in manufacturing, QA is not quality control. QA is about defining the processes used, raw material fitness, and the like. Instead, quality control ensures that…

Freescale Brings the Internet of Things to a Safer Vehicle

Two recent announcements by Freescale ensure the reality of an IoT car and a safer vehicle through tire-pressure sensing. Freescale's comprehensive hardware/software development system provides automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics, and rear-seat entertainment. The system provides for real-time data transport throughout vehicles, doing away with expensive digital technologies. The SABRE…

This Shirt Could Save Your Life

Is it possible for the elderly and people with heart conditions to maintain independence without compromising their safety? With the right technology, the answer is yes. Those of us who remember the time before cellphones also remember the time when we saw commercials for devices that allowed people living alone to get help by pressing…