The newest version of Lantronix's WiPort module now has 802.11b/g wireless capabilities, the first embedded RoHS-compliant device server to offer these capabilities in a serial-to-wireless or Ethernet-to-wireless setup. It has a real-time operating system, a ready-to-use serial-to-wireless application, and a full-featured network protocol stack. It also allows remote device communication through a built-in web server and configuration through a standard web browser through the WiPort's web manager. It has an 802.11b/g radio chipset, and a dedicated communications processor, and it is backwards-compatible with 802.11b access points. The WiPort includes WPA encryption and can support 256-bit advanced encryption standard, and has hardware interfaces for SPI, CAN and I2C.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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