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Welcome to the foremost industry blog covering current issues in Digital Video and Audio, Embedded Devices and Mobile and Set Top Apps. You'll also find specific information on a wide range of other issues including hardware and software/firmware design; and video, mobile application and signal processing technologies. We cover a wide range of industries including security, cable/satellite, enterprise video, oil and gas, law enforcement, smartphone, defense and communications, among others.

Entrepreneur: The IoT will have arrived when you don’t even notice it’s there

January 22nd, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I’ve got a new article at Entrepreneur magazine: “The Internet of Things Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s There”. For most devices, Internet connectivity just isn’t that compelling. Really: How much do I care about my hot […]

The SSL/TLS Handshake

January 14th, 2015 by Bernard Vachon
Bernard Vachon

I was asked by ECN magazine to contribute an article about how SSL/TLS works: It doesn’t seem like too long ago when embedded devices were, by their very nature, somewhat immune to security treats. As we scatter embedded devices everywhere and […]

Pro1 Enters Smart Thermostat Market

January 6th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

Our customer Pro1—the second largest thermostat vendor in North America—was featured in an article in the Boulder Daily Camera over the weekend: And thanks to a coordinated effort of businesses in Boulder County, Pro1 is looking to expand that market […]

Some predictions about the IoT in 2015

January 5th, 2015 by Matt Osminer
Matt Osminer

I generally am not a fan of the lists-of-predictions articles that tend to come out at the beginning of a year, but when I was approached by SiliconANGLE to make some predictions about the Internet of Things in 2015, I couldn’t […]

Television’s Six Eras

December 18th, 2014 by Cardinal Peak Staff
Cardinal Peak Staff

In order to explain the history of how people consume entertainment video, we worked up the following infographic (click for the complete image): It’s also available as a PDF.  Hope you enjoy it.

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Sometimes, Noise Helps

December 9th, 2014 by Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins

I’ve been working on a fun problem lately that involves estimating a scalar parameter from a set of repeated observations. It turns out that in certain circumstances, the presence of noise in the system can actually make the estimate more […]

EE Times: How to build video devices for the IoT

November 7th, 2014 by Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins

I’ve got a new blog post up at EE Times, talking about how to build video devices for the Internet of Things: Video cameras are uniquely compelling sensors because vision is our dominant sense. Video is invaluable for applications such […]

CurrentC and the Problem of Consortia

October 29th, 2014 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

Two friends—both evangelical acolytes of the Church of Apple—have been talking this week about the news that ApplePay and Google Wallet have been turned off by retailers who are backing a not-yet-released payment alternative called CurrentC. (And really, how dare […]

When will the Apple Watch support Android?

September 10th, 2014 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I’m sipping coffee while listening to my sweet new U2 album, and I’m pondering the future of openness with the Apple Watch. I haven’t seen any commentary about the fact that at launch it will only work with a recent […]

Four Things to Consider about Code Re-Use

August 14th, 2014 by Stefanie Diesi
Stefanie Diesi

Software developers love writing new code. There’s something thrilling and exciting about designing creative, efficient solutions to new problems. Given the chance, many would rather write something new than reuse existing code, but despite what developers want, rewriting an entire […]


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