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.
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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