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CES 2017: Promises of Past Years Have Matured into Useful Products

I came to CES this year expecting to see countless drones buzzing overhead, based on last year’s fanfare. Upon arrival, I was surprised to see that some of the hype and overpromised technologies of last year were replaced by down-to-earth, pragmatic, useful technologies. Of course, drones were still there, as well as an increasing number […]

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New Bluetooth 5 Spec Sets the Stage for a Faster, Better IoT

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the launch of Bluetooth 5. As expected, the new version boasts longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. These improvements are mostly targeted at the low energy variant of Bluetooth, BLE, as opposed to […]

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It’s Time to Have a Talk: Conversational Assistants Are Here

Voice-activated virtual assistants have been spreading like wildfire. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft’s Cortana, and many others are competing to lend us a helping hand. Let’s take a look at what’s fueling this fire, what challenges stand in its way, and what concerns it brings to light. Evolving from speech recognition to speech […]

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Wi-Fi for IoT: Overcoming Connectivity Standard Fragmentation Using a Software-Defined Modem

The number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly increasing, and showing no signs of slowing down. Of the many different communication standards used for IoT connectivity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are by far the most dominant. By 2020, These two technologies are forecast to connect 30 billion devices, with Wi-Fi taking […]

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