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DFIM - Design for Innovation in Manufacturing

 a one page crib sheet of the Design for Innovation in Manufacturing, known as DFIM
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DFIM - one page crib sheet - the process steps of where, when and which tools to use in applying TRIZ in the New Product Development  manufacturing process

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The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research

The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The best prognostication so far on IoT, where it is going and who is going to be using it - Definitely a worthwhile read

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9 awesome features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge (10 if you count ‘WOW’)

9 awesome features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge (10 if you count ‘WOW’) | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note Edge earlier this week. The device and its cascading screen is quickly becoming the darling of IFA.
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The curved screen provides a lot of the secret sauce of the product, even if it is a bit on the spendy side

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Google buying health technology startup Lift Labs

Google buying health technology startup Lift Labs | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Google Inc. is acquiring health technology startup Lift Labs to add to its Google X research unit, as the company pursues methods to address neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
Terms weren't disclosed. San Francisco's Lift Labs sells a handheld stabilizing device, with attachments such as a fork, spoon or key holder, to help people with tremors eat and unlock doors, according to the company's website. The technology, called Liftware, uses sensors to detect tremors and responds quickly to keep the device from shaking too much.
"Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people," Google said on its website.
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"Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people," "We're also going to explore how their technology could be used in other ways to improve the understanding and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor."

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Amazon Cuts Struggling Phone’s Price to 99 Cents

Amazon Cuts Struggling Phone’s Price to 99 Cents | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Analysts said the drastic cut was inevitable, but wondered if it would help spur sales that have been disappointing so far.
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“If history is any indication, (cutting the price to $ 0.99) doesn’t usually work,” said Wayne Lam, a senior analyst with IHS Technology. He noted that the so-called Facebook phone quickly dropped to 99 cents last year but never gained a foothold in the market. The price cut gets the Fire phone closer to the company’s classic model of giving away hardware in the expectation that users will order enough from Amazon to make it worthwhile. Buyers of the phone still get a year of free Prime, Amazon’s shipping and video club, which normally costs $99.

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IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But
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The IBM team has been able to demonstrate the advantages of this new storage solution by applying it to existing flash memory chips. His team was able to generate about "250 of these magnetic domain walls in one racetrack" which, when applied to flash, could increase storage capacity by a factor of 100. And, what's more, it won't ever wear out, meaning it'd be infinitely rewritable. That's something flash memory simply cannot do in its current state.

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Intel Releases 8-core Desktop Processors for Power Users - Zacks.com

Intel Releases 8-core Desktop Processors for Power Users - Zacks.com | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
bit-tech.net Intel Releases 8-core Desktop Processors for Power Users Zacks.com Chipmaker Intel Corporation (INTC - Analyst Report) recently unveiled the Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, its first 8-Core desktop central processing unit...
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The Core i7-5960X is based on Intel’s Haswell architecture and costs $999. It consists of 8 cores or 16 processor threads, 20 MB of cache and supports DDR4 memory. The processors also offer hyper-threading, which enhances performance of tasks including video editing and rendering. This perfect mix of speed, cores, overclocking and platform capabilities combined with the new Intel X99 chipset enables enthusiasts to maximize the speed and performance of the system for content creation, gaming and multitasking.

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Intel announces new packaging and test technologies for foundry customers

Intel announces new packaging and test technologies for foundry customers | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Intel Corporation has announced two new technologies for Intel Custom Foundry customers that need cost-effective advanced packaging and test technologies.
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These two technologies just made it easier for Intel to compete  at the 14nm process node, (lower cost to produce) which is far better than TSMC's and Samsung's current 20nm process node

  1. Instead of an expensive silicon interposer with TSV (through silicon via), a small silicon bridge chip is embedded in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate. EMIB eliminates the need for TSVs and specialized interposer silicon that add complexity and cost.
  2. High Density Modular Test (HDMT) platform. HDMT, a combination of hardware and software modules, is Intel's test technology platform that targets a range of products in diverse markets including server, client, system on chip, and Internet of Things. "We developed the HDMT platform to enable rapid test development and unit-level process control. This proven capability significantly reduces costs compared to traditional test platforms. HDMT reduces time to market and improves productivity as it uses a common platform from low-volume product debug up to high-volume production," 

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"Every 'thing' can and will become a consumer electronics product": A period of innovation for Internet of Things

"Every 'thing' can and will become a consumer electronics product": A period of innovation for Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things has been much-hyped trend promising Jetson-style home automation, but the reality of internet-connected gadgets is already upon us with devices that 'talk' to each other.
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A lot of people talk about these grand things like turning your air conditioning on before you come home and the internet on the fridge. Those things aren’t really that useful, they are very gimmicky, novel." - and IoT devices “are a lot harder to control so the management of the ecosystem is crucial,” 


Besides the last item we see of significant importance, we actually see the networked home to be more about managing the consumables, monitoring, and maintenance aspects of your home, those are real Jobs-To-Be-Done. Anything outside of that is likely only for those souls who are too lazy to get off the couch to turn the lights or ceiling fan on, or off. 

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Targeted Enormous Tablet for Game Night with Your Kid's

Targeted Enormous Tablet for Game Night with Your Kid's | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Targeted The Big Tab is aiming to replace video game consoles and TVs for kids' entertainment

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Aiming to replace the physical game board, and perhaps other devices like Xbox, possibly bringing back family game night.  Instead of your kids isolating themselves in their room playing a video game on their own or with online friends, the intent is to expand gaming into not only more socially but also portends to include the family as a whole.  The device, also lets parents track their kids’ usage patterns, could appeal to adults looking to guide their children toward more productive forms of entertainment. And has the potential to move children away from the "boob tube effect” as it is designed more as "an interactive device.”   We think over time that quite a few parents will very likely gravitate to this kind of purchase for their kids and their families. It could serve multiple agendas of playing and entertainment along with family bonding. The old adage of "families that play together, stay together" may even come back in vogue.

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Is Sapphire the Answer to the Scratched iPhone?

Is Sapphire the Answer to the Scratched iPhone? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Apple is betting $700 million that sapphire, a harder and more expensive material, can replace glass and better protect the newest iPhone. WSJ's Daisuke Wakabayashi joins the News Hub with Sara Murray.
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11% failure rate for scratched smartphone screen albeit a spendy solution for the problem, Apple's solution is going to cost them $700M, expect an increase in iPhone price as result

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Mobile Technology Helps Police capture Couple accused of abusing children

Mobile Technology Helps Police capture Couple accused of abusing children | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Janet and Ramon Barreto, accused of severe abuse of children they adopted abroad, were arrested Wednesday, ending a five-year search. Janet Barreto was the only woman on the US Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted list.
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The Barretos were using false identification and were uncooperative at the time of arrest, but a mobile fingerprinting system enabled authorities to confirm Ramon Barreto’s identity, and Janet’s identity was confirmed at the jail.


Our point about IoT, wearable and other technology designs: Design a tool to assist in the process of specific people/demographic to do their jobs that present a challenge to them without the technology to help.  Pay attention to their lives, processes and challenges, in this case police officers and apprehending criminals

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Intel’s 14nm Core M detailed: Broadwell delivers huge performance, dramatic power reduction

Intel’s 14nm Core M detailed: Broadwell delivers huge performance, dramatic power reduction | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Intel is unloading a great deal of information on Broadwell Y today, including data on its process technology. If the chip performs as advertised, it's going to excel.
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Intel, rearchitected nearly everything about the Core M in order to hit its aggressive power and performance targets. The memory controller, L1/L2 caches, I/O, PCI Express interface, and even the chip’s packaging have all been overhauled. They argue it can deliver a greater-than 2x TDP improvement, 50% smaller packaging, a 25% physically smaller board, and a 60% reduction in SoC idle.   The overall competitive position between ARM and Intel architectures is complicated by OS, software, and form factor considerations — the two architectures have yet to go head-to-head in the way most analysts expected back in 2011.

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INTERNET OF CARING THINGS

INTERNET OF CARING THINGS | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Why consumers will embrace connected objects with a clear mission: to actively care for them.
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Good analysis / worthwhile read on the value to consumers on the Internet of Things, which needs to be focused on what people care about for it to be applicable to the mass market  

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The miniature radio that could link the Internet of Things

The miniature radio that could link the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A Stanford professor has produced a working radio-on-a-chip that costs pennies to make, is incredibly small and doesn't require any batteries to run, coming soon to a connected device near you.
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“How do you put a bi-directional wireless control system on every lightbulb? By putting all the essential elements of a radio on a single chip that costs pennies to make.”   100 of these radios-on-a-chip have already been fabricated by French firm STMicroelectronics to prove their viability. 

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AT&T says the connected car is the future of the wireless industry

AT&T says the connected car is the future of the wireless industry | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Hot on the heels of AT&T's recent announcement that it would be beefing up its connected car offerings, Ralph de la Vega, who's now the chief
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Cisco has been saying the same thing, now many others are jumping on board, a very likely and viable direction for technology to take off, assuming they can keep the costs down.

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Cyborg Unplug Finds and Boots Google Glass Pervs

Cyborg Unplug Finds and Boots Google Glass Pervs | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Inspired by wary women, creator of Glasshole.sh creates tech to easily boot Google Glass from local Wi-Fi.
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Julian Oliver released Glasshole.sh, a free piece of code that can detect Google Glass on a Wi-Fi network and automatically boot it.  Glasshole.sh was immediately popular particularly among women.  The ($85) Cyborg Unplug doesn't just boot potentially thieving Google Glass users, it can also boot Wi-Fi-enabled drones, Dropcams and even some wireless mics -- a useful product for thwarting potential concert and movie thieves. 

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Increase in food prices - ripple effect - people spending 1/3 less on discretionary spending

Overall prices on popular household food items have been on the rise since the spring. A survey found that 59 percent of Americans reported spending more on groceries this summer. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger explains what may be causing the rise in food prices.
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Prices increasing drought, agricultural issues, already high gas prices, USDA predicts that inflationary prices on food to continue for the next year. With 45% spending more on core items, gas included, and 1/3 less on discretionary spending which is not good when it comes to growth

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AMD launches new 8-core FX-series processors, drops prices on high-end chips

ValueWalk AMD launches new 8-core FX-series processors, drops prices on high-end chips PCWorld (blog) While Intel was announcing a high-end unlocked 8-core CPU based on its Haswell architecture last week, AMD was briefing the press on new unlocked...
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Apparent bid by AMD to counter Intel and Samsung's 8-core processors. better performing by lowering the cost. 

Intel builds its 4th-generation Core processors using a 22nm manufacturing processor, AMD still relies on a 32nm process to build it FX-series parts. And the 5th-generation Core processors Intel is about to launch are built using a 14nm process. AMD also lags badly on power consumption. Intel’s most powerful consumer CPUs, the Haswell-E series, have thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 140 watts. AMD’s best CPU, FX-9590, has a TDP of 220 watts. AMD’s new FX-8370 fares a little better, with a TDP of 125 watts; and its FX-8370E and FX-8320E both have TDPs of 95 watts.

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Everyone loves Tesla Motor S except thieves: Here's why

Everyone loves Tesla Motor S except thieves: Here's why | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Car thieves find the prospect of stealing Tesla Motors' electric vehicles an unappetizing venture. Car thefts are falling in general, but a security expert warns that Tesla's security tech could be used against its drivers someday.
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The ability for owners to track and remotely disable their electric vehicles were some of the factors that help Tesla Motors' automobile achieve the distinction of being the least stolen automobiles by volume (theft rate is 0.15 per every 1,000 vehicles produced).  The industry average, is ~3.5 vehicles stolen per 1,000 manufactured. 


3G chips, Nitesh Dhanjani, a security expert, says the wireless tech could be used against the electric vehicle manufacturer one day -- the cars have already suffered from glitches.  "Given the serious nature of this topic, we know we can't attempt to secure our vehicles the way we have attempted to secure our workstations at home in the past by relying on static passwords and trusted networks," 

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Google testing delivery-by-drone down under

Google testing delivery-by-drone down under | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Page and Brin to Bezos: Can your 'copters do this rope trick?
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Australia was chosen as a test location because local legislation makes trials of such craft rather easier than is possible in the USA. Amazon.com has written to US authorities asking them to help it keep the company's Prime Air program stateside by relaxing regulations. Google seems to have just hopped on a plane, rather than asking for permission. Google is also asking around for “partners who can help us bring this technology to the world safely.”

 - Flight paths for drones high enough above ground without obstructing law enforcement or getting in the way of flight paths of other aircraft is going to be one challenge.  Potentially some kind of "smart" sensing to avoid problems is going to be necessary

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California Wine Country Quake losses in the Billions - Possible Solutions for the Future?

California Wine Country Quake losses in the Billions - Possible Solutions for the Future? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - A strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's Napa Valley wine country from their beds on Sunday caused insured property damage likely in the hundreds of millions of
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Unfortunate loss for the Wine Country perhaps there are some solutions to help address future quake challenges - by example "TRIZ And Taguchi Methods At A Winery & Vineyard"

(http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/1999/02/b/default.asp) - the solutions suggested are for barrel storage and grape trellis'. The analysis, done back in 1998, perhaps some other vintners could use a similar approach to help protect against the next quake. 

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AT&T Gigabit Service to Land on Google's Turf

AT&T Gigabit Service to Land on Google's Turf | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
AT&T is bringing its GigaPower Internet service to Apple's hometown and a few miles from Google's doorstep in a race to wire the nation with ultrafast fiber optic cables.
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The latest competitive move by AT&T to counter Google Fiber, The service, dubbed GigaPower, promises Internet speeds of up to one gigabit a second, or about 100 times faster than those found in many U.S. homes. Multiple cities named, but its still early days in the Fiber Wars, but it is interesting to watch. 

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Quirky Products

Quirky Products | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Shop for the world's best products, invented by real people like you.
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The best we've seen from any firm that designs and builds cool products, see here.  We do admit a bias for process centric, time leveraged approaches in product development (Quirky's is 3-4 months from concept approval to shelf). Nice! 

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Plan Your Move from Windows 7 Now, Gartner Says

Plan Your Move from Windows 7 Now, Gartner Says | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Don't worry folks, MSFT isn't stopping support until Jan 2020, Plenty of time before the rest of your system(s) craters because of excess files and memory overloads, CPU cache becomes inundated during load up, parts burn out, etc.. before they stop support.  You'll likely want to think about transitioning off of Windows 7 for other reasons

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New Internet speed record blows away Google Fiber

New Internet speed record blows away Google Fiber | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Bell Labs set a new broadband Internet speed record over a landline that could change the need for Internet providers to bring fiber to the home.
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With speeds of 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology proved to be 1,000X faster than traditional broadband speeds. It is even 10X faster than Google Fiber, which offers the fastest broadband available to consumers.  Bell Labs says that XG-FAST can provide up to 10 gigabits per second over a distance of up to 30 meters. Don't expect it soon, ti was done in a lab, In the real world, there are plenty of factors that can reduce Internet speeds traveling over copper lines, including the thickness of the cable, signals picked up by other nearby cables and the length of the wire. 

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IoT Use Case - The Importance of Level Sensors for the Addition of Hops in the Beer Brewing Industry

IoT Use Case - The Importance of Level Sensors for the Addition of Hops in the Beer Brewing Industry | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A key step in beer brewing is adding hops to the malt-based liquor. The Hops are used for flavoring the beer and making it more or less bitter.
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This is the point of the industrial version of the IoT; utilize continuous Process Improvement Professionals to find the issues and technology companies to create solutions to address the issues they find. in this example Use case of applying Sensors in the manufacturing process for the brewing of beer.  

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