The Ebbing Appeal of Black Friday

In decades past, retailers counted on the day after Thanksgiving to bring in a surge of sales that would push their businesses into profitability. More recently, however, consumers and sellers alike have more options, which has allowed the Black Friday phenomenon to wane. In the recent past, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage support…

Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds

With the industry scrambling to match Apple's wireless earbuds, adding Valencell Inc.'s tiny PerformTek biometric measurement module to an earbud goes beyond Apple's newly announced AirPods. AirPods house a single microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer as a sensor. In contrast, PerformTek adds to biometric sensors already fine-tuned for health-care caliber performance metrics for sports, fitness and…

HMD Sales to Increase Following the Development of Eye-tracking Technology in HMDs: Technavio

September 12, 2016 01:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE )–Technavio analysts forecast the global head-mounted display (HMD) marketto grow at a remarkable CAGR of close to 49% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global HMD market for 2016-2020. To…

Basic Wearables Soar and Smart Wearables Stall as Worldwide Wearables Market Climbs 26.1% in the Second Quarter, According to IDC

September 06, 2016 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE )–Shipments of wearable devices reached 22.5 million in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16) according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Despite a decline in shipments for one of the largest vendors, the overall market for wearable devices grew…

Micron Moves 3D NAND Into Mobile

TORONTO—Until recently 3D NAND has been only hitting the market within SSDs, but now Micron Technology said it's ready for mobile devices. Last week the company introduced its first 3D NAND memory technology optimized for mobile devices and its first products based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1 standard. Micron's first foray into mobile…

A Universal Gateway for IoT

When Germany’s Industrie 4.0 initiative was first announced in 2011, the concept seemed futuristic yet attainable. It was founded on four principles: i nteroperability of machines, sensors, devices and people; i nformation transparency; t he ability of machines and systems to assist people; and, t he ability of organizations to make decentralized decisions. Since then, the Internet of Things…

Embedded software creates new challenges for electronics products

“Because of this, producers of electronics products are mandating security and compliance from themselves and from their suppliers in embedded software as well as in hardware components,” said Jim McElroy, VP of marketing at LDRA, which provides embedded software testbeds and certifications. “Industrial sectors like automotive, aerospace and medical equipment all have quality standards they…