10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 1

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2D Barcodes have been prevalent for several years across industries such as Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Government, Warehousing and Transportation. The Manufacturing Industry, however, has always seemed to lag behind, sticking to legacy applications and linear barcodes for traceability. Due to increasing end user requirements regarding product lot traceability, manufacturers have had no choice but… Read More


Does this technology make me look fat? The rise of wearables in 2016.

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A few years ago, I would have thought that “wearing a smartwatch” meant keeping an eye on the stock market. Sure, we saw the likes of James Bond and Maxwell Smart having futuristic techno-watches decades ago, but that was science fiction. Actually, it was a preview—as is most sci-fi gadgetry these days. Before Apple launched… Read More


AI Earbuds: That new, little voice inside your head

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Wearable technology is on the rise. Smart watches sparked our fascination not long ago, and smart sensors are now being found on just about anything we wear. Enter the iPhone 7 with something new. Almost every year since Apple first launched the iPhone in 2007, the company has brought on a new and improved version… Read More

California, United States - July 30, 2016: Close up of a man holding a smartphone with his right hand while playing Pokemon Go on a road. Pokemon Go is a free-to-play location based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokemon Company as part of the Pokemon franchise.

The Ups and Downs of Pokémon GO

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I admit it. I never accepted an invitation to play Candy Crush, in spite of my friends who said I would love it. When Pokémon GO emerged on July 6, 2016, I shrugged it off. Seriously? I should spend my time wandering around in search of some virtual cartoon characters? Then feeding and training them… Read More


8 Ways to Help Select a Replacement for Your End of Life PC

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At least once a week, I get a call from an integrator or end user looking for a discontinued PC to work with their application. Since I understand the issues faced due to existing custom software and peripherals developed to interface with that specific PC, I have always tried to source the exact PC configuration… Read More


How to Handle PCB Component Reel Scanning & Employee Accountability

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I have spent over 12 years in Industrial Automation & Data Acquisition and have worked with many customers in the Print Circuit Board (PCB) Industry. During this time, I have seen increased requirements for lot traceability by end users due to quality concerns.  With strict traceability reporting requirements and the potential for lot rejection, PCB… Read More


Disruptive Technology—How Good is Change?

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I recently wrote about the true meaning of innovation, (click to read ‘What is Innovation…really?) and my thoughts brought me to another topic along the theme of change—disruptive technology. “Disruptive technology” sounds like an irritation. I guess change can be perceived that way.  Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen identified emerging technologies as falling… Read More


The Zebra TC8000: A New Look in Rugged Mobile Computing

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I have to admit that when I first saw the TC8000, I was surprised, even skeptical. I was accustomed to mobile computers that look either like a consumer-styled smartphone or the more rugged, gun-style form factor. The Zebra TC8000 doesn’t resemble either. For one thing, it has a handle. Yes, a handle. In a day… Read More


What is innovation…really?

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Innovation is one of those words—like “quality” and “value”—that can be overused and the power of the term can become diluted. It has been used to speak to major advances like the calculator or the computer. Simply defined it is a new idea, method or product. I like to think of innovation in terms of… Read More


Police Body-Cams: Are you ready for all the data?

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A study reported in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology showed that body cameras may cut in half the use of force by police and reduce civilian complaints by 90%. Body-worn cameras are gaining in popularity for Police Officers in the approximately 18,000 agencies around the country. The U.S. Justice Department announced a plan to help… Read More