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Augmented Reality: it’s not just Pokémon GO

We’re hearing a lot about Augmented Reality (AR), which I kind of think of as Virtual Reality’s “kid brother.” Rather than offering a fully immersive experience in a fully virtual world for the user, AR layers digital elements on top of the real world, and the user interacts with actual physical objects. The market is […]
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Vroom! Vroom! Cool car tech at CES 2020

Even though the products showcased there are not exactly in the Critical Link wheelhouse, I’m always interested in seeing what’s up at CES, the big consumer electronics show that’s held each January in Las Vegas. And so I avidly read up on the robot that delivers toilet paper (Charmin, to be exact); the Alexa-driven shower […]
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20 Technology Forecasts for 2020 (Part Two)

When I began this short series, I mentioned that the forecasts I’d be listing would be in no particular order. That wasn’t quite true, as I saved the ones that are closest to my heart – the ones from the IEEE Computer Society – for last. Here are 10 trends that I culled from their […]
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20 Technology Forecasts for 2020 (Part One)

Whenever a new year rolls around, I always like to look back – and look forward. I did some looking back on 2019 in my Thanksgiving post, so now I’m taking a look forward with a roundup of some of the technology forecasts I’ve been reading about for the past couple of weeks. They’re from […]
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Who’d pay $3,250 for a robot to carry their groceries?

I’m an overall tech person, with a longtime interest in robotics. So I find the growing number of new robotics applications – medical, manufacturing, assistive, even some of those built for a less illustrious purpose – to be an exciting development. And then, occasionally, one will come along that I find to be a head-scratcher. […]
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Thankful

As the new year approaches, it’s always interesting to look back on what’s happened throughout the year. It’s also a good time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. So I thought I’d take the opportunity of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday to reflect on both. For Critical Link, it was another good year, as we […]
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Apollo 17 Lunar Module

Reliability. Don’t leave home without it… (Part 2)

In my last post (October 23rd), I began summarizing an EE Times Special Project on growing concerns over technology reliability and safety. In that post, I looked at the sections of the report that focused on a couple of the recent well-publicized problem areas: hoverboards and Boeing 737s. If we just pay attention to the […]
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Reliability. Don’t leave home without it… (Part 1)

EE Times has a Special Project report out that addresses growing concerns over technology reliability and safety that is pretty sobering. The report, compiled and in good part written by George Leopold, includes a couple of case studies from either end of the technology spectrum: hoverboards and Boeing 737s, as well as some welcome suggestions […]
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Cutting down on food waste

It’s something that I’m pretty sure we’ve all been guilty of. Our shopping carts are bigger than our stomachs, and as much as we think we’re going to use every last bit of what we put in those carts, we end up tossing rotting produce out of the fridge or moldy bread out of the […]
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