Kites aren’t just for kids anymore. Just ask Makani Power, which is developing a smart energy kite that can generate up to 50 percent more electricity than a conventional wind turbine.The company has been part of Google X since 2013, working to come up with a new, more efficient way to transform wind into energy.To do that, Makani has built a craft that actually looks more like a drone but is tethered to the ground like a kite. It has four main components: the kite, the tether, a ground station, and a computer.
To help companies mitigate risks associated with an increasingly connected world, ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is rolling out a new security testing program to provide assurance testing for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors. The program is believed to be among the first-of-its-kind.ICSA Labs will test six components as part of the new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program including: alert/logging, cryptography, authentication, communications, physical security, and platform security. The ICSA Labs Product Assurance Report found the majority of security devices fail to perform as intended.
When I go home after work, my wife and I are typically focused on the present moment, especially on our young son. As new parents, we benefit from many innovative products and services from improved car seats and creative toys to safer cribs and video baby monitors. One of the first products that we bought for our son’s nursery was a Wi-Fi-based baby monitor. When we brought it home and plugged it in, it connected effortlessly with our Wi-Fi router and smart phones. It helps provide safety and security, and, perhaps most importantly, sleep for the three of us.As consumers, we just assumed that these “Wi-Fi Certified” products would be “interoperable”—that the many different devices and components in the Wi-Fi universe would work together seamlessly. But as a NIST employee, I realize that this interoperability doesn’t happen by magic. Underlying the millions of products that today carry the “Wi-Fi Certified” label is a complex and robust ecosystem of manufacturers, standards organizations, testing laboratories, and certification authorities.
Spirent Communications Plc (LSE:SPT), an industry leader in test and measurement, today announced that it has acquired Testing Technologies. Founded in 2000, Testing Technologies is a leader in Automation Software Quality Tools. With its flagship platform TTworkbench, Testing Technologies is focused on test automation for the automotive and IoT industries. As the automotive industry moves to IP networks and automakers begin to realize their vision of the connected car, the acquisition of Testing Technologies will enable Spirent to offer the most effective solution available to ensure the functionality and performance of next-generation automobile components and technologies.
The dust has just about settled on Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 and, from the millions of lines of reporting and press releases as well as hundreds of hours of video footage of the event, what were the key takeaways? What will shape the telecom industry — and indeed the world — over the next five years? One thing’s for sure: The Internet of Things (IoT) will be front and center. In the last 12 months, it has already disrupted the 4G roadmap and become a prime driver of the 5G specification process. At MWC, IoT was present in every hall and touched everything from components, devices and applications to RAN, core and BSS/OSS. It is a driver of innovation in wearables, smart cities and drone applications.
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Within the fast-growing solar-energy market, solar-inverter suppliers must keep pace with electronic technology advances in order to deliver more efficient and reliable parts at a lower cost. Inverter efficiency indicates the percentage of the available solar power that’s actually converted by the inverter and fed into the utility grid; some smart inverters reach a total efficiency of 98%. To achieve high efficiency, it’s important to design the inverters using the most reliable components from power semiconductors (MOSFETs and/or IGBTs), capacitors (electrolytic capacitors, high-capacity film capacitors), transformers, cooling systems, etc.
We’ve spent the last few months documenting our approach to building a smart home from scratch. We’ve added two Nest thermostats, two Chamberlain garage door openers, a SmartThings home automation hub, smart LEDs from Philips and a mish-mash of other components.We also added an Amazon Echo voice assistant to the house, and we’ve come to realize it’s the most valuable component in there. Alexa, the speech recognition engine that comes with Echo, is by far the easiest way for multiple family members to control smart home products.”Alexa, turn on the garage lights.”
More than a decade ago Apple revolutionized the music industry and how the public consumes audio with its iPod and companion iTunes software. Today through iTunes, as well as many other software programs, music lovers can manage and play their digital music files via electronics that range from iPads, iPhones and computers, to traditional two-channel systems with networked enabled source components, and whole-house audio systems with access to local drives.
AirFuel™ Alliance, the industry leader in wireless charging technologies born from the merger of Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance, today announced the official launch of the first global certification program that spans the full range of consumer electronics devices from wearables to smartphones, and now includes tablets, notebooks, laptops, and other electronic devices in daily use by consumers. This capability is exclusive to the AirFuel Alliance. More than 60 resonant technology components and devices have been certified to date. Manufacturers can now bring to market devices certified for 1-50 watts for the device and 1-70 watts for the charging station.
LittleBits is a snap-together line of components designed to make learning about and experimenting with electronics easy for both kids and adults. They’re typically sold in kits designed to provide accessible packages for education, like the Base$99.00 at Amazon and Gizmos & Gadgets kits$199.95 at Amazon we reviewed. The Smart Home Kit ($249) is a bit different, and much more fascinating for tinkerers, or anyone interested in playing with home automation and network control. It still has plenty for children 8 and up to learn with, but the crown-jewel component, the CloudBit, really opens it up to some fascinating experimentation for experienced users.