Trump: I Am the Smartest Person in the Room | The New Yorker


Donald J. Trump doubled down on his claims of being a genius on Saturday by surrounding himself with the most intelligent people he knows and proclaiming himself “the smartest person in the room.”

Trump said that the collective brain power of the other people in the room was proof of how smart he was. “Anyone who was insecure about his own intelligence wouldn’t surround himself with such smart people,” he said. “That’s why you never saw people like this in the Oval Office when that dummy Obama was President.”

Source: Trump: I Am the Smartest Person in the Room | The New Yorker

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Chirp Adds Sonar-on-Chip to ToF Battle | EE Times


Whether they appear in drones, robotic vacuums, VR/AR headsets, smartphones or cars, sensors are proliferating in consumer and industrial systems, to capture “accurate range and position measurement” information.

Depth information is critical in an imaging world when things are fast transitioning from 2D to 3D sensing. Knowing accurate distances, for example, can augment position tracking in VR/AR headsets, and prevent robotic vacuum cleaners from running into walls or objects.

Source: Chirp Adds Sonar-on-Chip to ToF Battle | EE Times

Unwrapping New Tax Bill’s Impact on U.S. Semiconductor Industry | EE Times


America’s economic strength and global technology leadership depend heavily on corporate tax policies that promote growth and encourage innovation. Over the last 30 years, as the semiconductor industry has launched countless technological advances, America’s tax system has stagnated.

This has placed U.S. businesses at a disadvantage to overseas competitors and made the United States a less competitive location for semiconductor research, design and manufacturing.

The new tax bill helps level the playing field, setting forth several provisions the U.S. semiconductor industry has long supported.

Source: Unwrapping New Tax Bill’s Impact on U.S. Semiconductor Industry | EE Times

Wearables Shipments Expected to Double by 2021 | EE Times


IDC forecasts that wearables shipments will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent between 2017 and 2021, rising from 113.2 million this year to 222.3 million in 2021.

The firm expects shipments of watches — both “smart” and “basic” — to grow from 61.5 million units to 149.5 million units as more vendors — particularly fashion brands — and built-in cellular connectivity drive up their popularity.

Source: Wearables Shipments Expected to Double by 2021 | EE Times

Top 10 IoT technologies introduced in 2017 | Electronic Products


People have been talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) for several years now, but the idea of billions of connected devices communicating with one another as well as us is still more fantasy than fact. Still, there is no denying the IoT’s immense potential.

In 2017, we saw the industry make major steps toward creating that reality, paving the way for 2018 to potentially be the year the IoT really takes off.

Here are 10 of the key technologies that have advanced the IoT this past year.

Source: Top 10 IoT technologies introduced in 2017 – Electronic Products

Using Facial Recognition to Monitor Driver’s Vital Signs | EE Times


The FZI, which is part of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology.

The Karlsruhe researchers are using an off-the-shelf webcam for the project without attaching sensors to the driver and without using special lighting. The system can autonomously recognize facial areas and to derive the driver’s stress and fatigue level with the help of innovative image and signal processing algorithms.

Source: Using Facial Recognition to Monitor Driver’s Vital Signs | EE Times

Intel Says Security Bug Not Specific to its Processors | EE Times


.. in a statement issued Wednesday, Intel disputed the notion that the bug was specific to Intel chips. “Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits,” Intel said.

Source: Intel Says Security Bug Not Specific to its Processors | EE Times

Boeing unmanned refueling aircraft undergoing tests in advance of Navy MQ-25 aerial refueler competition | Intelligent Aerospace


Boeing’s newly revealed UAS is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck handling demonstrations early next year.

Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refueling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The MQ-25 must seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems.

Source: Boeing unmanned refueling aircraft undergoing tests in advance of Navy MQ-25 aerial refueler competition – Intelligent Aerospace