Sony Chooses PNI Hub for SmartWatch

R. Colin Johnon

January 5, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sony's SmartWatch 3 is PNI Sensor's first major design win for its SENtral, sensor fusion coprocessor. To help the rest of the world catch up to Sony, PNI Sensor Corp. (Santa Rosa, Calif.) is releasing the world's first complete wearable development kit this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, Jan. 6-8, Las Vegas).

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CES 2015: MEMS that Wearables/IoT Need

R. Colin Johnson
January 12, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — All things MEMS, especially how they provide greater functionality in smaller, more power-efficient wearable Internet of Things (IoT) devices, was the overall theme of the “Sensors and MEMS Technology" track at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015, June 6-8, Las Vegas) sponsored by the MEMS Industry Group (MIG, Pittsburgh).

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Wearable, Bracelet-sized Development Kits Offer Quick IoT Development

Steve Taranovich
January 5, 2015
When Becky Oh and George Hsu told me that PNI was restructuring into two separate companies, my first thought was "Why?," but as they revealed their strategy and reasoning behind this decision I was impressed. Their decision was well-thought-out and will greatly benefit the faster growth of both companies as we approach the advent of billions of sensors on the IoT.
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Indoor Navigation Goes Hybrid by George Hsu

Chicago O’Hare Airport has 17 different Starbucks. The line at the Starbucks nearest your departure gate is startlingly long – so what’s the quickest way to find another Starbucks? There’s an interactive map of O’Hare Airport, complete with all the Starbucks, but since you’re so caffeine-deprived, you’re having a difficult time reading it. Wouldn’t it be nice to have step-by-step directions to the two closest Starbucks?

Or what if you’re walking around a massive shopping mall and are looking for a particular store that you know is having a sale? Indoor navigation on your smartphone or your smartwatch would allow you to find a particular restaurant or store in real-time, relative to your current location.

Smartphone and wearable designers want to deliver more accurate indoor navigation to consumers, in large part because of demand from carriers and data aggregators (like Google) who will work to develop new revenue streams enabled by indoor navigation.

While some level of indoor navigation exists, at least in some places, current solutions leave much to be desired. Google Maps and GPS-enabled devices and smartphones have enjoyed tremendous adoption and are considered indispensable tools by consumers.