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This Week in Sensors

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Blog, tech, trends

Implications of the coming of biometric wave Cisco formalizes IoT Division first sensor hub specifically designed for Android running on ARM was demonstrated by Hillcrest Labs Sensity is creating a billion-node network of global sensors — in street lights MEMS Enables Personal Crash...

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This Week in Sensors

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Blog, tech, trends

Intel developing pollution "heat maps" enabled by sensors Smartphones may soon be able to detect earthquakes Sensors enable navigation for the blind by next year, nearly all equipment made by GE will be equipped with sensors China's Oppo to ship the first MEMS based smartphone camera Using iPhones and MEMS sensors as earthquake sensors imaging system detects disease, hazardous substances New x-ray vision can reveal internal structure of objects Nexus 5's tipped MEMS camera changes focus...

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Catching the Vision of What Tablets Can Represent

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Blog, nature of technology, tech, trends

A month or two ago I submitted an offer to buy a house. I received the paperwork about an hour before the submission deadline.  Five years ago I would have needed to meet someone in person to sign the required paperwork.  Or possibly I might have been able to receive the paperwork electronically but I still would have been required to print a copy, sign the physical copy, scan it and finally submitted it electronically. Five years ago we weren't yet in a world capable of supporting an all-digital transaction. But this time was different.  I received and signed the documents through...

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The Iterative Nature of Technology - Stopping what you Started

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog, nature of technology, tech, trends

With a rapid rate of technological change, comes another technological development. In the digital world that we now live in, it has become common we often create technology to stop other technology from working which in turn spawns additional innovation designed at stopping that technology from working. Wide deployment of home telephony spawned the creation of the answering machine.  While it's intended use was to field calls while the homeowner was away, it was frequently used to help individuals avoid certain incoming calls. Caller ID frequently serves a similar purpose today. Universal...

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Historical View of iPhone Pricing

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Blog, trends

The new iPhones went on sale today.  Since the announcement, much as been written about the two models - and especially the implications for Apple.  I previously reviewed some of the insights gleaned from Apple's financial statements and wanted to enumerate on that discussion.  As the following charts illustrate, Apple's reported price for the iPhone has declined slightly over the last 18 months. The average price in 3Q13 was a reported $581 - roughly 10 percent below the $646.53 reported in 1Q12.                     This price decline...

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A Quick Thought on the Future of UltraHD

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog, tech, trends

Much of the focus on UltraHD to-date has been on resolution.  Even the nomenclature - 4K - is a focus on resolution. I've seen dozens are articles written in the popular press that - in attempting to convey UltraHD attributes to the layperson - describe UltraHD in terms of Full HD (ie 1080P). These articles often focus on the characteristic that UltraHD is roughly four times the resolution of Full HD - hence 4K. While factual - this misses one of the real opportunities for UltraHD. I believe the success of UHD will be decided by much more than just "more" resolution. It is first worth...

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