March 19, 2018

Upcoming: Total-Body Virtual Reality

Virtual reality can be very immersive. When you’re “into” a game, it can be easy to forget that there’s things around you that you can’t see (and hopefully you don’t knock over a lamp)! There have been add-ons to VR systems such as the Sense Glove (a glove that allows […]
February 22, 2018

Innocuous Home Devices

Privacy is an important topic in the age of the internet. There are so many ways to find out personal information, it is hard to even know about them all. In an odd turn of events, your vacuum cleaner and activity tracker could be one of those privacy-leaking devices! As […]
January 19, 2018

Reduce Complexity for Better IoT Security

In my previous article (here), I discussed the problems with IoT devices designed with bigger, more costly and more power-hungry components that would be required to support a lifetime of over-the-air (OTA) updates to address the ever-changing security concerns. In this post, I discuss an alternative approach. Reduce the complexity […]
January 12, 2018

Challenges in Security Updates for IoT Devices

A few articles (here, here and here) have prompted me to ponder the question of viable security for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. We are all familiar with desktop computers, laptops, servers, and smartphones (which I’ll group as “computers” in this article), which require constant updating to accommodate an ever-increasing variety […]
December 12, 2017

Apple Watch detects health problems

In the 1960’s, the cartoon show “The Jetsons” predicted what they thought 2062 would look like. They predicted flying cars, commercial inter-planetary travel, and a two-hour work week. While we are waiting on all of that to still come into fruition, they did make one remarkably accurate prediction that we […]
November 17, 2017

Meet Clarke, The Garbage Robot

Plastic is a huge part of our daily lives. Our food is wrapped in it, we use it in our cars, and we even brush our teeth with it. While we would all like to help do our part, figuring out which bin to put your waste in can be […]
November 11, 2017

Google to build high-tech “digital city” in Toronto, Canada

Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland in Disneyland inspires people about technology’s progress. It shows inventions that make life easier, shows how to more quickly and safely move around, and educates us about the world around us. Soon there will be a new Tomorrowland in Toronto, Canada. The only difference is, this city […]
July 17, 2017

Embedded Systems Avert Potential Disasters

There are 1.3 million miles of natural gas pipelines in the United States. With so many miles of pipelines, there are bound to be plenty of leaks. Because it’s hard to detect them, some of these leaks may go unchecked for years. Environmentally, since methane (natural gas) is 84 times […]
June 1, 2017

About the (Literally) Embedded Systems on Police Officers

We live in an age of cameras. We have cameras on our phones, watching our employees, and even on traffic lights. They keep us safe, honest, and accountable. In recent years, there has been an outcry to put cameras in places they’ve never been before: on police officers’ uniforms. After […]
May 5, 2017

An Uber-Unethical App Requiring Expert Code Examination

It’s the perfect scam: As an Uber driver, buy as many stolen iPhones as you can, order yourself as a driver, and then rake in the cash from Uber HQ. This was the thought process of many fraudsters in China. Uber, upset about having the wool pulled over their eyes, […]