Preparing for Wearables: IoT in the Supply Chain

The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality. Increasingly, greater numbers of products now include Internet-connected technology, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to help facility tracking of inventory, for example. Tying the Internet of Things (IoT) to a strategy for mobile devices – wearables, tablets, smartphones – is not only forward-thinking, but…

E-waste Eludes EU’s Enforcement Efforts

PARIS – Europeans recycled only 35% of electronic waste properly in 2012. The rest was either illegally dumped or traded, according to a two-year study put together by the United Nations University and INTERPOL. Contrast this figure against the lofty goal of the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive), which became…

Apple Joins Pentagon Alliance to Develop Wearable Tech

The Pentagon has announced a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing institute and partnership with a consortium of over 160 companies, universities, and non-profit organizations — including Apple and Boeing — to develop high-tech military wearables and ultimately “an end-to-end stretchable electronics 'ecosystem' in the U.S.” Called the FlexTech Alliance, and including organizations such as Apple, Boeing and…

Wearable: ‘Hardware Ponzi Scheme’

Consumer wearable devices are hitting the wall. The market demand for body-worn gadgets has been declining all year, according to the latest report from by Argus Insights, a market research firm based in Los Gatos, Calif. Are we surprised about this? Not really. Argus Insights CEO and founder John Feland told EE Times, “Sixty percent…