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July 6, 2018

Todd Zielinski on 3 Tech Trends Enabling Intelligent Products

Todd Zielinski’s article, “Get Smart: Three Technologies Enabling Intelligent Products” appeared in the July issue of Appliance Design magazine.

Zielinski wrote about trends he observed at CES 2018. These three tech trends — neural nets, the migration of automotive sensor technology, and cross-platform communication – are largely responsible for making the ‘bots at this year’s CES smarter than last year’s.

Neural net software has been available for a long time, but it has required too much memory and power to run on mobile devices. It’s only recently that mid-range micro-controllers have had the horsepower and resources to realistically apply it. Sensors and technologies that debuted in the automotive sector are migrating across the landscape of devices. And cross-platform communication is growing in the Internet of Things (IoT) as providers start to offer communications meta-services across multiple ecosystems. 

Zielinski, whose CES trend reports appear annually to Bresslergroup’s blog, gives his take on these trends and where they might take us in the future.

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