Comigo’s Dov Moran

August 06, 2014
A passionate innovator, Dov Moran is the founder and chairman of M-Systems known for creating the world’s first flash drive (DiskOnChip) in 1995 and, in 1999, the first USB flash drive (DiskOnKey) for which he holds a patent. The company’s patents were sold for $1.6 billion to SanDisk in 2006. He also created modu, which made modular cellular devices selling that company’s patents to Google for $4.9 million; and, most recently, his startup Comigo launched in 2012, a comprehensive, multi-screen TV platform, which offers a revolutionary personal and social viewing experience and provides contextual VAS on top of the...

The Three Pillars

July 31, 2014
One of my favorite teachers once said to the class, “Anything in excess can be bad,” which by itself would have been profound, and probably forgotten, except the subject was Dolly Parton and it was a Catholic high school. Because of its humor-wrapped delivery, I still remember the advice, which underpins the three pillars of healthy living: fitness, balanced diet and sleep. Our bodies need all three, and in variety, to function properly. Health and fitness technology, and wearables in particular, have a role in keeping these three pillars upright and in proportion. We are in a period of rapid product innovation as designers search for the ideal intersection of human nature...

Dealing with the Unknown and Unknowable

July 24, 2014
Sitting on a plane a few years ago across from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, I thanked him for his perceptive book, Known and Unknown. Although the book reflected his life and challenges as Secretary of Defense under two presidents (Ford and Bush), especially the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I told him I appreciated his refreshing willingness to confront, identify and admit that we all face unknowns. In the book, he laid it out: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown...

Graphene: The Wonder Material

July 24, 2014
Ten years after its discovery, graphene still has the power to enthrall researchers. Andwhy not? This remarkable, honeycomb-type hexagonal structure—just one atom thick—possesses exceptional strength, is flexible, conducts heat very well and features such attractive electronic properties as high electron mobility—electrons travel through graphene more than 100 times as easily as they do through silicon. All of these properties make graphene an exceptional material for future use in consumer electronics, with a big potential impact on flexible displays, wearables and...

Printing Innovation in 3D

July 22, 2014
3D printing is disrupting traditional manufacturing and may be the catalyst for the next industrial revolution. It’s moving beyond making prototypes, molds and tooling into the customization of end-use parts for applications ranging from aerospace, medical, automotive, consumer products, architecture and electronics. McKinsey estimates that the 3D printing industry could generate between $230 billion and $550 billion by 2025. Companies like 3D Systems, GE, Shapeways and Stratasys are making major bets on this manufacturing transformation that holds the potential to stimulate job growth with...

International Focus: China

July 11, 2014
China Expected to be Largest Ultra HD Market China is expected to be the largest market for Ultra HD displays in 2014, as the technology reached an 18 percent penetration rate during the nation’s Labor Day holiday in May. This follows the technology reaching the one million global shipment benchmark in March, according to IHS Technology. Samsung is one manufacturer to reap the benefits of the Chinese Ultra HD market, after it began marketing low- and mid-priced Ultra HD displays. As a result, the company’s share of the Chinese LCD market is expected to reach nearly 12 percent in the second quarter, according to market research firm...

This Message Will Self-Destruct in Five, Four, Three, Two…

June 19, 2014
When’s the last time you posted a bed-headed selfie on Facebook? Or a home-cooked meal gone horribly awry on Instagram? Probably never. These are the online spaces where we tend to put our best digital footprint forward.   But years of curating our online personas are now taking their toll. After all, no one is perfect, despite what your favorite celeb’s Twitter feed may lead you to believe. With digital storage quickly becoming limitless, consumers are growing tired of managing the massive amounts of digital data they are inundated with on a daily basis. More, individuals today are quite aware that the Internet never forgets. We want to discerningly control our digital...

Wireless Charging

June 05, 2014
Transferring electromagnetic energy without wires is not a new concept. In 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, Nikola Tesla demonstrated that light bulbs could be lit wirelessly with high-frequency ambient electric fields. Today wireless charging is gaining momentum. Market research firm IHS forecasts there will be 900 million devices enabled for wireless power shipping in 2018 with wireless power adoption continuing to accelerate. The global market for wireless power receivers and transmitters will rise to 1.7 billion unit shipments in 2023, up from about 25 million in 2013. ...

International Focus: Japan

May 28, 2014
Trade Pact to Ease Tariffs on Electronics A trade pact between Australia and Japan, which would end Australian tariffs on Japanese-made vehicles, appliances and electronics, was recently announced. The pact, called “historic” by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is Japan’s first trade pact with an agricultural economy. In the agreement, Japan will eventually eliminate its tariffs on Australian beef exports and agreed to eliminate tariffs on nearly all industrial products within a decade. Photovoltaic Efficiency Record Tokyo-based Solar Frontier, in collaboration...
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