Sensing Change

May 22, 2014
Unless you are a politician talking about the national debt, one trillion is a big number. It certainly is big when it applies to electronics devices—no category comes close to that today. Even popular smartphones are expected to “only” total 1.2 billion units this year. Yet, one trillion is the number of sensors experts say will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2022. One way to get there is a simple extension of what we see today. A dozen sensors in every phone and dozens in every car—pretty soon you are talking real numbers. The more interesting and radical addition is the “sensory...

Crowdfunding Unfolding

May 22, 2014
Crowdfunding is disrupting the relationship between entrepreneurs, the money raising ecosystem and investors. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other sites are helping innovators to build businesses and leverage funding with more than 200 online crowdfunding platforms in the U.S. alone. Evidence is mounting that crowdfunding is starting to impinge on the seed turf of angel investors. Venture capitalists (VC) are no longer immune from the effects of crowdfunding, as deal making within a crowd context is leveling the playing field with terms that are more favorable to entrepreneurs. This is especially true on the East Coast where words ...

Cobra Electronics’ Jim Bazet and Sally Washlow: Leading Innovation

May 15, 2014
If you are an outdoor boating or driving enthusiast or a professional driver, chances are good that you own one of Cobra’s wide swath of consumer electronics devices aimed at keeping you connected, informed and entertained. The company, founded by Carl Korn in 1948 as B&K Electronics, a television repair business, morphed over the years officially being named Cobra Electronics in 1993. The company’s strategic global expansion is being led by James (Jim) Bazet who joined Cobra in 1998. Under his leadership, as chairman and CEO, Cobra Electronics has twice been named one of the Best 200 Small...

Innovations in Assistive Technologies

April 11, 2014
Innovation took center stage at the 2014 International CES® with amazing new products in the areas of wireless, apps, automotive, digital health and fitness, 3D printing, and startup tech. Some of these devices could have profound implications for mHealth, telemedicine, assistive technologies, and healthcare marketing. But not all new technologies at CES come with fanfare. Often, it’s the gradual advance in technology innovation that can have a huge impact and improve consumers’ lives. One such area is sound quality, thanks to the gains being made in the production and use of high resolution...

UNews: March/April 2014

April 09, 2014
3D Printing Targets the Heart Bioengineering Professor John Fisher and Fischell Fellow Anthony Melchiorri at the University of Maryland created a 3D-printed heart implant that helps patients regrow blood vessel tissue. This graft could benefit the treatment of a number of cardiovascular problems and diseases, including congenital heart defects. The team has a patent pending on the biocompatible polymer graft and has named their new company FormaSTEM. Fisher and Melchiorri presented their research at Maryland’s Professor Venture Fair, an annual competition among university inventors that lets participants present their latest...

Let's Collaborate

April 02, 2014
This year it was clear that one of the real values of the 2014 International CES is its role as an important venue for collaboration across companies and industries, and that this is a new way of doing business. Historically, collaborations at CES tend to be about bilateral company deals such as large OEMs selecting a particular chip or software program within the traditional CE ecosystem. Often, press releases by smaller companies tout their alliances with a major CE company. While that’s still an important aspect, we are now seeing a shift towards inter-industry collaboration...

A Divided Nation

April 01, 2014
Growing up, I remember the events that united us, some tragic, some wonderful: The Kennedy and King assassinations, the first footsteps on the moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Challenger disaster and 9/11. As one, Americans either grieved or celebrated. Even our divisions, on civil rights and on the Vietnam War, were thoughtful and the minority thinking soon gathered followers to become the majority. Now few Americans would consider turning back the clock on discrimination or sending our troops back to Vietnam. Today feels different. Not since the Civil War has our nation been so divided. Maybe it...

Things to Come

March 28, 2014
We are on the threshold of advances set to transform businesses and the global economy. The 2014 International CES gave us a glimpse at some of the disruptive technologies that are profoundly changing our daily lives and even how we manage our health. 3D printing promises huge changes. Soon, these printers will be in homes and so simple to use that a child will be able to design and print their own toys. Our story looks at some of the innovative uses for 3D printing that you may not be aware of yet. Showing the future of video, the striking images displayed on 105-inch curved OLED screens from LG and Samsung...

International Focus: Germany

March 27, 2014
Photovoltaic Efficiency A partnership between Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Phoenix Contact and SMA Solar Technology—dubbed “PV Pack”—will focus on increasing the conversion e iciency of photovoltaics used in solar power applications. Speciically, the PV Pack research project will seek to increase efficiency through innovative cooling technologies for photovoltaic inverters, the devices which convert the direct current (DC) output of a solar panel into alternating current (AC). The project was funded by €1.4 million (US $1.9...
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