ReadWrite: How Does Sensor Data Go From Device To Cloud?

With so many wireless standards available for moving data from device to cloud, it can difficult understand the complex trade-offs involved and selects an approach that is best for a particular application, device, or business model.  At the beginning of each new project, we spend a lot of time understanding the context of the design to identify the [...]

October 16th, 2015|Categories: IoT, News, Wearable Devices, Wireless|

Batteries Holding Back Wearable Devices Article Featured on ReadWrite

As the number of wearable devices increases, the demand for smaller and longer-lasting devices, remote transmitters and transponders, and higher device intelligence will drive the quest for higher energy efficiency and capacity in the power sources of these devices. If we don't continuously improve our batteries, the wearable industry will power down. We are excited [...]

August 18th, 2015|Categories: IoT, News, Ultra Low Power, Wearable Devices, Wireless|

Power, Power, Power

The biggest challenge in wireless medical device is battery life: how to maximize the length of time between charges given the anticipated level of use. One big factor is the power need to transmit the required data volume over the desired distance. To maximize battery life given a target form factor we conserve power by [...]

May 29th, 2015|Categories: Medical Devices, News, Ultra Low Power, Wireless|

Missed Bay ACM’s “Sensors, Wearable Devices, and IoT”

If you missed Voler Systems at Bay ACM's talk "Sensors, Wearable Devices and Internet of Things", Walt Maclay presented the latest trends and challenges he sees for sensors, wearable devices and IoT,  he has a Wearable World News' article at http://wearableworldnews.com/2014/05/21/innovation-trends-sensors-wearable-devices/.

Best Wireless Options for Communicating with Small Devices from your Smart Phone

A modern smart phone has upward of a dozen different wireless options, this article explores the best wireless options for communicating with small devices from your smart phone based on the particulars of your application requirements. Overview The proliferation of clever apps for almost anything along with the availability of small, inexpensive radio modules and [...]

September 27th, 2014|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, Ultra Low Power, V2014, Wireless|Tags: , |

Software: Testing Motion Detection for Wearable Devices

Here is a case study for a recent project where we assisted a customer with motion detection for wearable devices. We were able to find and fixed one troubling but intermittent problem and also gave them a testing rig to test the accuracy of future software upgrades to the device. Active Mind Technology provides golfers [...]

Driving Innovation – Internet of Things

There is a massive shift happening in tech, everything is getting connected to the Internet. The convenience and power of the Internet makes these products much more valuable, so clients are rushing to get their IoT (Internet of Things) products to market. They rely on Voler expertise in sensors, wireless communication and data collection technology to [...]

January 15th, 2014|Categories: Data Acquisition, IoT, Sensors, Trends, V2014, Wireless|

2011 Guide to Wireless Technology Standards

Which wireless standard makes sense for your application?

Multiple standards exist for wireless: Bluetooth, Wireless USB, Zigbee and WiFi. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, so depending on your application we would choose different technologies.

May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Design Tips for Electronic Design Services, IoT, V2011, Wireless|

Wireless USB Boasts Convenience for Industrial and Embedded Solutions

Universal serial bus (USB) is an economical and convenient connection for both industrial and commercial applications; USB continues to replace many legacy serial connections (i.e. RS-232, 485).

However, for some industrial and embedded solutions, wireless USB is becoming the choice interface for enabling connectivity to new applications. Products are moving to wireless USB to eliminate cables and to gain the convenience of always being connected.

May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Embedded Systems, IoT, V2011, Wireless|Tags: , |

Using ZigBee to Integrate Handheld Tester

Voler was approached by a service provider with a need for handheld HVAC testers that service field representatives could use when they go to residences and businesses to perform an energy audit for the owners' heating and air-conditioning systems.

Voler worked with the IT manager and a lead user to develop a written specification to meet their needs. Together we developed a proposal for a testing system with three remote units that are wirelessly connected to a master that plugs into the USB port on a PC.