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...

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...
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