Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.
The smart set-top box and dongle market is expected to pass 18 million units in 2013 - higher than originally forecasted due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. Overall the market is expected to grow with a 10.8% CAGR (2013 to 2018) with less saturated and developing (from connected and OTT perspective) markets like Asia-Pacific and Latin America helping drive this growth.
The TronSmart MK908 II, priced at $69-$75, is powered by a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot.
The Sky Drone FPV (First Person View) can best be described as an HD video system controlled via 3G or 4G/LTE networks.
The $200 MinnowBoard - developed by Santa Clara and CircuitCo Electronics - is a motherboard that measures 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) by 4 inches, sans casing.
At least two new mini-PCs powered by Intel (x86) Celeron chips, paired with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of solid state storage (SSD), recently surfaced on AliExpress.
Hardkernel has launched the ODROID-XU Octa Core big LITTLE dev board at a $149 price point. The board is powered by Samsung's Octa Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 SoCs in a big.LITTLE configuration.
Intel has officially begun shipping its first "open-source" PC, which can probably best be described as a bare-bones system targeting x86 devs and the growing DIY market.
MediaTek - which only recently announced an 8-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip - has debuted a quad-core SoC dubbed the MT8135.
Mobile enthusiasts already know about Rikomagic's MK802 III (Rockchip RK3066) and MK802 IV (RK3188) HDMI TV sticks, both of which run Google's wildly popular Android Jelly Bean.
Rockchip is perhaps best known for its reasonably priced ARM-based chips targeted at a wide range of devices, including tablets, TV set-top boxes and PC sticks. The company's current flagship processor? The ARM Cortex-A9 RK3188.
Deltratronic has debuted a silent all-in-one desktop, sans fans. Dubbed the Silentium! AIO, the system carries a $1310 price tag.
WigWag allows Makers and devs to easily build intelligent environments with Internet-connected sensors and devices that are controlled by a series of graphic-based instructions.
CubieTech and Olimex may be working on low cost Rockchip development boards, but the Waxberrry Pi2 (WB-RK3066) is already in the wild.
Frugal innovation. I like the sound of that. Being a fan of low budget movies, I’ve always loved stories of people who can be innovative on limited resources. They say that necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Many times, so is poverty, and many innovators didn’t initially have unlimited funds to create a better mousetrap, so to speak.
The Risun D05 - a PC-on-a-stick - is powered by a Rockchip RK3068 SoC (dual-core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.6 GHz) paired with a dual-core Mali-400 GPU.
Compulab is slated to launch a mini-PC powered by an ARM Cortex-A9 chip. The system - dubbed Utilite - supports both Ubuntu Linux and Google Android.
CGC has introduced the Plug, a small adapter designed to act like a central "brain" across multiple devices.
MINIX is perhaps best known for cranking out uber-mini PCs and PCs-on-a-stick powered by ARM chips.
We’ve seen cars with no drivers in horror films, and on the show Cops when dummies leave their keys in them, and they go around in circles. Yet there’s now a report that we could be seeing more driverless cars in the future, thanks to today’s technology, and there are some nice advantages that could come with this.