Suppliers continue their quest to provide new wireless products
to support the standards they support. ZigBee provides a good example
of recent progress. ZigBee wireless sensing addresses automatic meter
reading applications, home, building and industrial automation.
Recently, the ZigBee Alliance announced the public availability of its
ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile. In May, the Alliance
certified 19 ZigBee Smart Energy products. One example is Ember's Smart Energy Suite. A
collection of embedded software, tools and silicon to simplify the
delivery of devices certified to ZigBee Alliance's Smart Energy (SE)
Profile, the Smart Energy Suite a complete Smart Energy Profile
reference application, other application-appropriate software and uses
Ember's EM250 system-on-chip and the EM260 network co-processor.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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