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This post entry provides a detailed description of how to port the NFC Reader Library to Kinetis K64F MCU. It is used a real porting example exercise to show the steps required to adapt the NFC Reader Library to a sample target MCU. The goal of this post is to serve as a guide for software developers requiring to port the NFC Reader Library to their MCU of choice for their designs.   NFC Reader Library overviewNFC Reader Library architecture NFC Reader Library porting to FRDM-K64F stepsN ...
DARPA launches a new program called Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHIRMP) to develop swarm bots to use in disaster relief efforts. DARPA hopes to employ these tiny guys for their disaster relief programs. (Photo via DARPA)   Tiny robots don’t seem very strong, but when you get a whole pack of them together, they’re stronger than you think. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) knows this and wants to take advantage of swarm bots for their la ...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have disrupted and are simultaneously transforming consumption, production, and society by improving efficiencies and reducing costs. The Notes from the AI frontier - Insights from hundreds of use cases discussion paper from McKinsey Global Institute estimates AI has the potential to annually create more than $5 trillion in value, across nine business functions in 19 industries. Despite this, the What's your AIQ? study from the global management consulti ...
Near Field Communication (NFC) is already present in more than 1.5 Billion smartphones. Well-known applications like payment and access control are enabled by NFC, but also emerging and innovative use cases which are just appearing on the horizon now.   This article gives you more information, background and how-to guides around our NFC demos, first exhibited at embedded world 2018 in Nürnberg - to help you put NFC Everywhere.   Accessories and consumablesIdentifying and authentic ...
Three Square Market’s RFID chip can be programmed for making payments, medical information, remote vehicle starting and more. (Image credit: 32chip)   It’s been a year since Three Square Market tagged their (voluntary) employees with RFID chips, which they use to pay for items just by waving their hands in front of an NFC scanner. The company builds ‘Micro Markets,’ that’s akin to a mini 7-11, for companies and businesses based on their specific needs. Need a ...
  Hello all,   I’m Andrew from Dragon Innovation!   I wanted to take the time to introduce Dragon Innovation and convey how excited we are to contribute quality information, knowledge and insights from our years of experience in the manufacturing space to this awesome platform. We, along with Premier Farnell, are part of the Avnet extended family, so we’re excited to collaborate in this realm.     A little more about us, Dragon Innovation is a manufac ...
Overview Near Field Communications (NFC) technology isn’t exactly a household word, even though the wireless technology is incorporated in more than 1.5 billion smartphones*, forms the basis of secure wireless point-of-sale payment systems, and is projected to become a $20 billion market by 2020 and more than twice that by 2024**. This massive growth will come not only from current applications but from hundreds of others yet to be explored. However, this won’t occur unless manufactu ...
NFC Tandem offers best of both worlds:   An NFC reader and a passive connected tag sharing one antenna. A user can interact with the device when it is powered off (through the NTAG I²C plus); when the device is powered, it can interact with cards, P2P devices or other connected tags.                                    ...
The future of Moto Mods was looking grim with low sales and controversies, but Motorola stays true to the brand with its latest mod. Moto Mods keeps hanging in there and hopes their next mod will be a big seller. (Photo via Motorola)   I thought Moto Mods were a pretty cool idea. I even did a hello world hardware project with them. In 2016 Motorola attempted to stand out from the endless array of smartphones with Moto Mods, accessories that magnetically attach to their Moto Z smartphones. ...
Coursera’s Skills Benchmarking tool lets employers see how their employees are doing in courses and how their skills match up with competitors. A sample of how employers can track how employees are doing in their courses. (Image viam Coursera)   Companies that offer online courses to their staff have great benefits for everyone involved. Employees can expand their skill set, and the employer ensures their team is ready for anything. But just like choosing courses in college, knowing ...
Scientists were able to simulate the traverse field lsing model (TFIM) using the D-Wave 2048-Qubit 2000Q Quantum Computer. (Image credit: D-Wave)   D-Wave scientists have recently announced that they were successful in modeling a quantum system using their 2048-Quibit Quantum Computer. More specifically, they used the platform to predict phase transitions in the quantum mechanical system known as the traverse field lsing model- a mathematical model of ferromagnetism in statistical mechanic ...
Programmers can install TPU chips on their own machines in October, but it’ll cost you. These tiny chips help make AI tasks more efficient. (Photo via Google)   A couple of years ago, Google revealed its Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), specialized chips housed in the company’s data centers that make AI tasks easy and efficient. For instance, the TPUs can speed up AI tasks like understanding voice commands or to identify objects in pictures. Now, they’re ready to share th ...
AMS reports an operating loss of $48.6-million but looks to facial recognition technology to help bolster revenues. (Image credit: AMS via Google+)   There is both bad news and good news regarding Austrian sensor manufacturer AMS and their latest financial report for the second quarter and first half of 2018. According to the report, AMS revenues generated in that second quarter were down 42%, equaling 252.8-million compared to the first quarter but up 18% for the same time period in 2017. ...
As technology improves, AI is taking over the further with more and more applications supposed to improve lives. However, the rise of AI also brings its own set of threats to the peace in the world. A view of things that NASNet identified during a test trial. (Image via NASA)   From the movie “Ex Machina” to the more recent movie “Upgrade,” the world has witnessed the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The concept of a machine intelligent enough to do tasks ...
Nearly in every case of the accidents involving self-driving vehicles, unexpected circumstances not catered for by human programming was the cause of the problem —the Google shuttle in Las Vegas, some Ubers in Arizona, the Tesla car in Florida, and several others in California. If driverless vehicles are supposed to make safer roads, the bigger question is What should these cars or trucks do to reduce accidents?   Engineers are struggling to figure out the underlying safety challeng ...