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Design News 02/25/2020 04:38
has tweaked its Top 10 Cars list for 2020, categorizing vehicles by price range rather than body style and adding a requirement for standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection in addition to the existing requirement for forward collision warning. "We’re not willing to compromise when it comes to the safety of cars, which is why we’re pushing automakers to make , automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection standard on all models in order to earn a coveted spot as a Top Pick," said Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports .
Design News 02/25/2020 04:38
As robots take on more and more tasks, the need for great UX increases. (Image source: Adobe Stock). Welcome to the age of IoRT — the . The robotics market, valued at $39.72 billion in 2019, according to, is experiencing a sea change as robots move beyond the military and industry, where they’ve long built widgets and assembled heavy equipment, like the shiny new SUV in your driveway. Robots are perfectly suited to tasks that are repetitive, physically demanding, or potentially hazardous to humans. But they’re capable of a lot more. Today’s robots can access big data, cloud computing services, and distributed intelligence in sensor-enabled environments. They can interpret information from myriad sources and can activate other robotic systems.
Design News 02/25/2020 02:53
Katherine Johnson at her desk at NASA in 1966. (Image source: NASA). Katherine Johnson, one of the key mathematicians behind America's space program, and a prominent figure in black American history, died Monday at the age of 101. Her work calculating trajectories was crucial to the success of Apollo 11 as well as other several historic space missions. Born in West Virginia in 1918 , Johnson first joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1953, where she became a member of the West Area Computers, a group of African-American women tasked with performing the tedious calculations for guidance and navigation systems. Human mathematicians at the time were often called computers and NACA's female mathematicians were often i.
Design News 02/25/2020 02:53
Ring home security cameras have been at the center of several high-profile cyber attacks. But they highlight an issue among many different smart home devices. (Image source: Ring). Cybercriminals are attacking IoT devices, including smart home devices, with very little technical resistance. Far too many devices are easy targets – lacking basic, fundamental security solutions. Smart home devices, from Ring doorbells and cameras to smart refrigerators and TVs, and now even Smart Toilets, have emerged as a rapidly expanding multi-hundred billion dollar/year worldwide market. With IoT devices now present in , cybersecurity risks are growing for the average consumer. Such risks are not just theoretical. Recently, Ring doorbells and cameras have s.
Design News 02/24/2020 04:36
Ocutrx's is aiming for its final Oculenz product to be as light and easy to wear as reading glasses. (Image source: Ocutrx Vision Technologies). Could augmented reality be the next breakthrough in vision care? California-based Ocutrx Vision Technologies isn't aiming to be just another startup offering a generic, multi-use AR headset. While the company says its Oculenz headset could be used for more a variety of enterprise applications, the headset is truly focused on being a vision correction tool for a number of conditions ranging from macular degeneration to amblyopia (lazy eye). Company COO Mitch Freeman was on hand as part of the recent 2020 (PDM) to demonstrate a prototype of the company's headset. Key to the headset's therapeutic appli.
Design News 02/21/2020 04:52
Here's the story in the words of Steve Jobs: “Why I dropped out of college.” Both funny and fascinating. Three of the most successful technology entrepreneurs are college dropouts: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zukerberg. Personally, I finished college, which qualifies me to write about these dropouts. RELATED ARTICLES:. Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.
Design News 02/21/2020 04:44
With 3D printing in what might be considered the early adulthood phase of its development, scientists now are turning attention to evolving 4D printing, which gives 3D-printed objects the ability to change shape autonomously. A team at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), has created a new reversible 4D printing technology that not only allows a 3D-printed object change shape either in response to heat or water, but also to revert back to its original shape without human intervention.
Design News 02/21/2020 04:20
The ESP32 from Espressif has been around for quite a few years now. For many of those years the ESP32 seemed to have the reputation that it was a low-cost maker module for hobbyist and developers interested in one-off projects. Over the past year I’ve seen the ESP32 not only designed into several production systems but have also seen its capabilities and ecosystem grow in ways that make it extremely interesting to many IoT developers. In today’s post, we’ll explore five reasons that I find the ESP32 to be an intriguing solution for the IoT. The ESP32’s capabilities and ecosystem have grown in ways that make the module extremely interesting to IoT developers. (Image source: Espressif Systems). Reason #1 – It’s Inexpensive. For many of the IoT
Design News 02/20/2020 05:14
Notable Quotes:. - “The big challenges will be … security, information overload, and putting intelligence where its most needed.” - Chris Cheng, Distinguished Technologist, HP Enterprise. - “We’re looking at a data tsunami.” – Zaheer Ali, Manager, USRA SOFIA and co-founder of AIXIA Global. - “Should we consider the “design of data” (or data driven design) as something equal in importance to the “design of devices?” – John Blyler, Senior Editor, Design News. - “It’s analogous to treating every single camera as an eye of a single brain.” - George Szabo, co-founder and CEO with AIXIA Global. -- “5G has many challenges…. It will create a shield over the spectrum that is being used by … satellites (and the military).” Zaheer Ali, Manager, USRA SOFIA
Design News 02/20/2020 04:28
We live in the era of smart silicon, where complex system-on-chips (SoCs) connect to the cloud and communicate with one another. These silicon, processor based SoCs have been implemented in almost every kind of IoT sensor, device, system and edge and cloud networks. Thanks to the connectivity enabled by smart silicon, we now have silicon talking to silicon. These binary communications go on all around us, from our automobiles and smart phones to home-based appliances, thermostats, cameras and digital assistants and wearable medical devices on our bodies. Further, all of these devices know something private about us. Collectively, they probably know everything. But this connectivity and resulting convenience comes at a cost, namely, easy acc.
Design News 02/20/2020 04:04
Researchers have designed a new stretchable battery for wearable electronics that they said can store power safely even when bending to conform to natural movements of the human body. A team at Stanford University led by Chemical Engineering Professor Zhenan Bao and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Yi Cui using a special type of polymer for storing power in solid form.
Design News 02/19/2020 06:17
There are a raft of new automotive safety and convenience technologies whose functions may be somewhat opaque. Acura has addressed unfamiliarity with new features by creating a series of animations depicting the function of new features such as adaptive cruise control, anti-collision braking and rear cross-traffic alert. Acura employs its own terminology in reference to some of these technologies, illustrating the challenge of informing consumers about technologies that are referred to by different names. The first technology is Adaptive Cruise Control . Forward Collision Warning. Rear Cross Traffic Monitor. Collision Mitigation Braking System. Lane Departure Warning. Blind Spot Information System. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Precision All-Wh.
Design News 02/19/2020 05:33
The IoT has grown to the point that everyone and their brother is in the process of connecting their products to the Internet. This is great because it opens new revenue generating opportunities for businesses and in some cases completely new business models that can generate rapid growth. The problem that I am seeing though is that in several cases there seems to be little to no interest in securing these devices. (I draw this conclusion from the fact that embedded conferences, webinars, articles and even social media conversations seem to draw far less interest then nearly any other topic). In this post I’m going to explore the primary reasons why I believe development teams are neglecting security in their embedded products and explain w.
Design News 02/19/2020 04:56
The coming of silicon photonic technology in the datacom and telecom industries has been foretold for the last several decades. Indeed, replacing copper wires with fiber optics and silicon photonic interfaces has been occurring in these markets, just at a slower pace than predicted. Chris Cole, VP of Advanced Development at II-VI, challenges the expectation of a wide-spread replacement of copper wires with silicon photonic interfaces. During his keynote at DesignCon 2020, Cole went so far as to call this expectation a myth. The original goal of optical fiber and related silicon chips was to overcome the limitations of copper wires and support faster interconnects between data centers. To achieve this goal, data center need optical elements
Design News 02/18/2020 06:43
RELATED ARTICLES:. John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.
Design News 02/18/2020 06:21
The spread of the deadly coronavirus has been monitored and even controlled thanks to the latest technology. But growing levels of misinformation via social media have some professionals calling this outbreak of the disease an “infodemic” rather than an epidemic. Has technology reached a point where it no longer helps but actually hinders the medical efforts to deal with highly infectious diseases? This infographic examines both technical advances in medical science, as well as the drawbacks of certain technologies. RELATED ARTICLES:. John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-ne.

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