Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering in Philadelphia have invented new spray-on antennas, which can be applied as easily as spray paint or bug spray. The sprayable antennas — which are so thin that they are referred to as being “two-dimensional” — perform as well as the mobile antennas used in modern devices such as smartphones and wireless routers. If commercialized, they could prove to be a game-changer in the growing field of smart devices, making it possible for devices to collect and transmit data in ways that are impossible today. “These antennas are made of a novel two-dimensional material called MXenes that was first discovered at Drexel University in 2011,” Yury Gogotsi, director of Drexel Nanomaterials Institute and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, told Digital Trends. “MXenes are 1-nanometer thick sheets of metal carbides. [A single] nanometer is about 100,000 times thinner than a sheet … [Read more...] about Sprayable antennas could usher in a new era of ultracompact wearable devices
Wearable devices trends
The wearables market had a boost in 2017, and payments played a big part. Notable releases, such as the Fitbit Ionic proved wearables once restricted to simple tasks such as counting steps or heart rates are getting a new lease of life by becoming payment enabled. Forecasters predict 62 per cent of wearables will feature payment functionality by 2020. The potential of wearable devices has been questioned in recent years, but global sales of smart wearable devices stood at $16.2 billion in 2016 with even more growth to come. While their popularity has inevitably been boosted by the global trend towards fitness and wellness, 2017 was the year that manufacturers looked at how wearables could complement multiple aspects of owners’ lifestyles. This trend looks set to continue in 2018.This includes anything from monitoring the air quality and humidity in a smart home and adjusting the temperature based on how warm your body is, to helping you improve the quality of your … [Read more...] about What’s next for wearables in 2018?
Digital transformation has moved beyond a nice-to-have to let’s get cracking. Once a top priority for early adopters and cutting-edge enterprises, digital transformation has moved into the mainstream. Few would argue that digital transformation initiatives are vital to the success of their organization.In fact, 64 percent of respondents to a 2017 Constellation Research survey said digital transformation is essential to driving profits.A recent Frost & Sullivan survey looking at end-user perspectives on navigating digital transformation globally, found that improving digital presence will be a top driver for IT investment over the next two years. Other broad goals respondents have for their organizations include reducing operational costs, improving the customer experience, and aligning IT with business strategy.Here is a look at some specific digital transformation trends that are on organizations’ radars right now — as well as once hot initiatives that are … [Read more...] about 6 hot digital transformation trends — and 4 going cold
It’s the traditional time for journalists to take a look at the past year, extend the trendlines forward, and make some predictions about how the coming year will play out. Unfortunately, journalists’ track record on that score is not so great. For instance, three years ago, I predicted five gadgets would dominate headlines in 2013: the Lytro camera, the Kindle Fire 2, the Tesla Model S, Nokia’s Lumia phone, and Apple’s iTV television set. Of those five, only one did really well — the Tesla — while the Kindle Fire took its sweet time about becoming a big deal, really taking off only in 2014. Lytro is all but out of business, Nokia sold itself to Microsoft after failing to take the world by storm, and Apple’s long-awaited television still doesn’t even exist. In my defense, I’ll say this: All five were really cool ideas. But sometimes “cool” isn’t enough to make a product a stunning market success, or even … [Read more...] about Dylan’s Desk: Four trends to watch in the coming year
posted on 18 Sep 2012, 06:55 5 1. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012) Will certainly be better than a normal watch. In fact if it were to released it would beat that sony smartwatch. posted on 18 Sep 2012, 11:03 1 11. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010) Meh. Don't get your hopes up! posted on 18 Sep 2012, 06:58 3 2. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011) The slogan would be: WATCH Different :) posted on 18 Sep 2012, 07:18 1 3. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012) Seems great for cheating ! posted on 18 Sep 2012, 08:07 6 4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012) Yet another simple STEAL from Sony from Android world :)http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/accessories/smartwatch/ posted on 18 Sep 2012, 19:10 1 15. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012) after that apple will patent it.. and sue others for copying.. posted on 18 Sep 2012, 08:19 2 5. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Could Apple be readying a wearable device? iPod nano design departure might be a hint