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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 ...