Company: Technology Trends

Technology and Industry trends are the focus of these articles. We talk about those trends that affect us in the near term as well as in the future. We bring you the facts as well as our perspective. With the nature of trends changing and developing, we post new articles on a periodic basis.

iBeacon – Where are you and what are you buying?

Brick and mortar retailers have been envious of the amount of data that online retailers get from consumers. Online retailers are able to see where you have been, how long you spend there and even entice you to buy with deals or discounts that they think you are interested in. Retailers at the mall (brick and mortar) can now have similar consumer insight with the help of Apple iPhones and other iOS devices and iBeacon. Read more...

MFi — Connecting to an iPod, iPhone or iPad... What Do You Need?

The world has become increasingly more connected via cells phones and a variety of other electronic products that connect these devices to GPS, Web, and other functions. This usage is growing rapidly and new uses increase as rapidly. There are standards and guidelines that need to be followed -especially if you want your product to connect to an Apple iOS device (iPod, iPhone or iPad). That’s where Apple’s MFi Program comes into play. MFi stands for “Made for iOS”. Electronic accessory designers and product manufacturers for produce products that connect to an iOS device must be MFi licensees. Read more...

PMIC's - Integration that Saves $ and Space (for Low and High Volume)

Every embedded design requires power and that power needs to be managed. Whether it comes from a battery, the wall, the sun or even from RF signals; the energy needs to be managed before it can be utilized by an application. The complexity of the power management depends upon the complexity of the system but it can require anywhere from a handful to dozens of components to do this power management. The great news is IC suppliers have PMICs (Power Management Integrated Circuits) that integrate many of the requirements into a single IC. Read more...

Hidden Sensors - Embedded Designs Are Watching You

The design is watching you; not the designer. New technologies (interfaces and sensors) are showing up in widgets where we might not even realize it. Sensors are being designed into products to detect a user's presence and motion to make the products more responsive to the user. Camera-based solutions like the Microsoft Kinect are incredibly intelligent but at $249 it's not cost effective for an embedded design. The good news is that emerging interfaces are becoming more practical to add to embedded designs because for as low as a few dollars or less, designers can add sensing capabilities to their products. Read more...