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The Chip for the Internet of Things?

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ARM reveals what it claims is the most energy efficient microprocessor yet-- the Cortex-MO+, a 32-bit processor the company says uses around 30% of the power a basic 8-bit processor consumes.

Cortex MOIt is the successor to the Cortex-MO, the chip carrying the smallest ARM architecture. The MO+ retains the architecture, yet slashes power consumptions to 9µA/MHz on a low-cost 90nm LP process.

ARM says the MO+ chip can find a variety of applications-- not necessarily mobile devices, but home appliances, lighting and power systems and even medical monitoring devices, before pushing towards bringing about the so-called "Internet of Things."

NXP Semiconductors and Freescale already have licenses for the design.

Go ARM Announces ARM Cortex-MO+ Processor

Chief Mobility Officer: Key to Mobile Success?

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Forrester Research suggests companies start taking the idea of having a chief mobility officer (CMO) more seriously-- a CMO might be key to successful mobile strategy. 

CMO"To remain vital in this business technology reformation, CIOs must step up and work with other executives to establish an "office of the chief mobility officer" to implement an enterprisewide mobile strategy," the analyst says. 

The concept of a CMO is not exactly new-- but with mobile enterprise growing rapidly in importance, companies risk being left behind. Forrester predicts mobile project spending will grow by 100% by 2015, while spending on mobile apps should hit $55 billion by 2016. The analyst says mobile app development is an investment, and as such development spending estimates should be set higher. 

"If an app is highly used and rated, then it's valuable... if it's unused and dissed, then it's not," Forrester says. 

The chief task for a CMO and their team (Forrester suggests 10-30 person task forces) is to improve mobile initiative coordination, acting as a bridge between CFO and CTO. The CMO team should also incubate mobile ideas, while identifying mobile projects currently in place and their means of funding. 

Go Forrester Research: Mobile is the New Face of Engagement

Vidyo Demos Multipoint Video Conference at ISE

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Vidyo at ISE

Vidyo shunned the video conferencing hall at ISE for the attraction of showing their multipoint video conferencing software on the Hall 2 stand of a traditional AV distributor, Comm-Tec.

As Comm-Tec played host, the company that hopes to disrupt the incumbents of conferencing—the Cisco/Tandberg, the Polycom—gave demos on Amazon's new Kindle Fire.

The company showcased the latest platform support for its VidyoMobile™ HD video conferencing software client: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smart phone. This new Android mobile platform will be part of a live, multi-point, global video conference connecting an extensive variety of endpoints on iOS and Android mobile devices including the Kindle Fire, laptops, and a 6-screen VidyoPanorama system.

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Casio and Visible Light Communications

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Casio VLC

Casio showed a prototype of a visible light communication system using smartphones at CES.

Visible light communication (VLC) transmits digital signals by flashing light in frequencies visible to the naked eye. VLC has potential applications in many fields including augmented reality (since it can use a wide range of light-producing sources including monitors, LED lighting and signage, and because it can be read from a distance without impacting people or electronic equipment).

Casio has been a member of the Visible Light Communications Consortium since it was initiated in 2004.

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The Next Future Trend: Wearable Devices?

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Will the smartphone stop ruling the small screens to instead become the behind the scenes "hub" powering the next generation of wearable computers?

wearable pcAccording to the New York Times, both Google and Apple are secretly working on wearable devices-- with the aim to boost the smartphone business, of course.

Google is reportedly hiring specialists from Nokia, Apple and engineering universities as researchers at the secret Google X labs work on wearable peripherals sending and receiving data to and from Android handsets.

Meanwhile NYTimes sources say Apple is prototyping wearable devices-- such as a curved-glass voice controlled (Via Siri) iPod wrapping around the wrist.

There is no mention of when such devices will hit the market (if at all), but some researcher speculate wearable computing will even appear as glasses with built-in displays within the next 10 years.

In the meantime, it is more than realistic to expect the occasional Dick Tracy-style wristwatch computer to grace the market in the (very) near future.

Go Wearing Your Computer on Your Sleeve (NYTimes.com)