Gesture Interface at CES Taps Ultrasound

Gesture recognition technology on display at 2014 International CES may be the cure for those frustrated by sensitive touchscreen sensors. For the first time in the United States, Norwegian company Elliptic Labs will exhibit its Elliptic SDK, which uses ultrasound for touchless gesturing on Android and Windows operating systems. “A lot of consumers are looking…

CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT

From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it. CES, which started out strictly as a tradeshow for dealers of audio/video and home entertainment systems, has become the annual make-or-break showcase for startups, software designers, and propeller-heads to test…

Sager Implements 2D Bar Coding

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of IP&E electronic components, announced today the adoption of the Electronic Components Industry Association’s (ECIA) two-dimensional (2-D) bar coding guideline. 2-D bar coding embeds a wealth of product-related information within a square image and only requires one scan to retrieve the data as compared to…

Bluegiga Brings Quick-Start Wireless Solutions to Digi-Key Shelves

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced a global distribution agreement with Bluegiga Technologies, a market innovator in the wireless space. The company manufactures highly integrated wireless modules employing the latest wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Low…

22-Fold Rise Predicted for M2M Devices by 2016

Machine-to-machine communication — when sensors, cameras, and wireless technologies are used to monitor, analyze, and forward critical information to Internet-connected devices — is the key to thousands of market opportunities. There is an enormous opportunity for marketing to and through devices like smartphones and tablets. Add real-time sensing and data monitoring, and that mobile device…

Is an iPhone Upgrade Really Necessary?

There has been a lot of noise recently about consumers buying older iPhones instead of the latest iPhone 5. It seems like the question that people are asking themselves en masse when standing at an Apple Store (or even before that) is “Why upgrade when I can have almost the latest iPhone for less?” Some…

Qualcomm Rides the Mobile Wave

Last fall, wireless chip company Qualcomm quietly passed Intel in market capitalization. Today, the two companies are neck and neck — Intel’s market cap of $112 billion was slightly ahead of Qualcomm’s $110 billion as of mid-April. But the fact that Qualcomm is even close is astounding. Its annual revenue is only 40 percent of…