Smart Glasses May Replace Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO – While still at the stage of prototypes and developer kits, the nascent market for virtual and augmented reality headsets will explode by 2018, according to a panel of proponents at the Game Developers Conference here. “In the long run, we think virtual reality will have hundreds of millions of users and end…

How to Make Money in Plastics Recycling

The device on which you are reading this blog (or on which you printed it) likely contains plastic, in addition to some precious and non-precious metals. When that device reaches the end of its life, you have two types of options, I learned from the Circular Economy Executive Education Course I'm taking:  Linear product and…

VR Device Shipments to Hit 50M Units by 2020

LONDON—Virtual reality (VR) device shipments will total more than 50 million units by 2020, according to market research firm ABI Research. This equates to a compound annual growth rate of almost 85%. As the ecosystem expands, a growing number of vendors are releasing their own VR accessories as add-ons to smartphones, ABI notes. [Speed matters…

Omnichannel Delivers Competitive Retail Edge

The retail market, especially the electronics retail market, is among the most cutthroat of all. CEOs who transform their business models with an eye to delivering a seamless omnichannel shopping experience will pull ahead of the competition, a new survey from JDA Software Group done by PwC, predicted. “Certainly, every retailer is grappling with how…

IoT Networks Expand at MWC

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Ingenu, the LoRa Alliance and Sigfox announced expanded partnerships for their competing low-power wide area networks at the Mobile World Congress. The LPWA nets are in a race to connect the Internet of Things at a time when cellular backers are accelerating their efforts to finish competing IoT standards. Ingenu said it has…

7 Trends You’ll See at MWC 2016

The early January Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show is becoming an increasingly common place for cellular industry-targeting chip, software, and systems companies to ply their newest wares. Yet the late February Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress (MWC) show remains the dominant conference for wireless applications. This year's event takes place next week, February 22-25 to be…

Wearable Tech Goes à La Mode

When I arrived in Paris earlier this month, the first billboard that jumped into view was an ad for the “Weareable Fashiontech Festival.” I rolled my eyes, thinking that I don’t have time for this. But one happenstance led to another. I got a call from former EET colleague, Anne-Françoise Pelé, who was covering the…