Advancing Engineering, June 2013

This week Ayla Networks unveiled technology that could make bringing the Internet to ordinary devices more feasible for appliance makers. According to the article from The New York Times, the start-up company “makes software that goes into Wi-Fi chips and operates a cloud service that people who buy connected appliances can access so they can configure the products or get stats about their energy consumption.”

Adrian D. Caceres, MA A ’88, is the vice president of engineering at Ayla and was previously an engineer at Amazon’s Lab126 where he worked on the Kindle. Visit Ayla Networks on the web

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The University of California San Diego announced an anonymous donation this week “that will help the school cope with the explosive growth it is experiencing in the job-rich field of computer science.” The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the gift is the largest financial gift made to UC San Diego by an alumnus.

Read the article for more information about the department, which expects to have about 2,200 students this fall and “is scrambling to meet soaring demand from industry, which needs engineers to do everything from design better smartphone to make stealthier drones to develop content for the $80 billion global video-game market.”

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting on technology being developed at the University of Washington that allows “researchers to power lights, change TV channels, or raise the stereo volume with a mere gesture.” The researchers published an online paper this week dubbing the technology WiSee. Click here to read more

The technology works by tracking an individual’s movement which changes the frequency of the Wi-Fi signal. “So far, they’ve tuned the device to recognize nine gestures, including pushing, pulling and punching, with 94 percent accuracy. Users also do not have to be in the same room as the router because Wi-Fi signals pass through walls.”

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