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Ultra-Thin Micro-Fiber Sensed Eyed for Medical Monitoring, Diagnostic Apps

December 6, 2017

Researchers in Singapore have developed one of the smallest and most versatile sensors yet for healthcare applications with the design of a stretchable microfiber sensor with the diameter of a strand of human hair.

A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the sensor, which can be woven into textiles—such as a glove—to monitor the vital signs of patients, such as heart rates and blood pressure.

Western Digital Transitions to RISC-V Open-Source Architecture for Big Data, IoT

December 5, 2017

RiSC-V, the open-source computer core architecture, will be getting a big push from Western Digital in the coming years as the company has pledged to transitioning its own consumption of processors to RISC-V. According to the company Western Digital ships over one billion cores per year, and plans to double that number. And if all goes according to plan, they will all be based on RISC-V.

Makerbot Labs Pivots to New Target Audiences by Opening Its 3D Printer Software

December 5, 2017

When technology history is written, 2013 and 2014 will be noted as the years of “peak hype” for 3D printing. The promise of a “3D printer in every home” was a popular one in technology news. As we near the dawn of 2018, the hype has receded, and 3D printer manufacturers have realized two things: most people don’t need a 3D printer in their home, and even if they had one, they’d spend more time on the phone troubleshooting with customer service because of the printers’ inherent complexity.

The IIC Publishes Architecture for Industrial Analytics

December 4, 2017

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has published the IIC Industrial IoT Analytics Framework Technical Report (IIAF). The technical document includes a complete set of instructions that IIoT system architects can use to deploy industrial analytics systems.

TI Takes Aim at Simple Applications with New 25-Cent MCUs

December 4, 2017

Texas Instruments Inc. is setting its sights on analog designers with the introduction of two new microcontrollers (MCUs) and an e-book to help them put an inexpensive mixed-signal twist on simple applications.

The new microcontrollers start for as little as 25 cents and can be used in simple electronic applications, such as wake-up controllers and real-time clocks, which may not have employed microcontrollers previously.

Module Combines Multiple Sensors in a Tiny Package

December 1, 2017

A new module from TE Connectivity promises to simplify the development of smart electronic products by incorporating multiple sensors in a package that’s smaller than the head of a match.