Connected Minds

A thought blog on building your next great product or device.


Current Trends In ICIC: Inter Cell Interference Coordination in LTE for Capacity Enhancement

on August 14, 2014 Wireless Networks: Technology & Trends and Tags: with 0 comments
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In their landmark paper published in 20001, Gupta and Kumar laid out, in very simple terms, something known to network planners and engineering professionals for some time; that the capacity of wireless networks is (measured in load per sq. km. per Mhz of allocated spectrum) is primarily limited by interference. A large library of literature [...]

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Smart Toys: How Android Is Transforming The Way We Play & Learn

on August 12, 2014 Android Devices At Home and Tags: with 0 comments
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Intelligent toys are not something of the future – they’re already here! Today’s version of smart toys though, is very different from what we can expect to see in the coming years. Recent updates to Android have made the OS ideal for developing interactive, smart toys that not only change the way we define “play,” [...]

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Home Cleaning Robots: Making Automatic Cleaning Possible Through Smart Technology

on August 18, 2014 Android Devices At Home and Tags: with 0 comments
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Hospitals use devices powered by Android technology to quite literally save lives. Innovations in healthcare and healthcare informatics have revolutionized the way hospitals track patients, prescribe treatments and communicate between facilities. The scientists and technologists behind such developments tend to make the cover of Time Magazine and win Nobel Prizes. But while not all inventions [...]

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Heterogeneous Networks: Preventing Data Overload

on August 11, 2014 Wireless Networks: Technology & Trends and Tags: with 0 comments
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The future of wireless technology is bright…and crowded. As more of the population connects through mobile phones, smart watches, tablets, and the many other wireless devices available, the competition for access to WiFi and cellular networks is increasing faster than ever before. We’ve already touched on how offloading, small cell technology and nodes help alleviate [...]

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Home Phones Just Got Smart: The Introduction Of Android Landline Phones

on July 29, 2014 Android Devices At Home and Tags: with 0 comments
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The phrase, “I’ll try you on your cell,” is quickly becoming obsolete when it comes to messages left on landline answering machines. Not only are most American households turning away from landlines in general, but those remaining that still use them are starting make the switch to modernized versions of the now-archaic, traditional home phone. [...]

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The Buzz Surrounding A 5G Network

on July 1, 2014 Wireless Networks: Technology & Trends and Tags: with 0 comments
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Your grandfather probably remembers a time when men’s razors had just one blade. It was sharp and it got the job done…but with some scrapes and cuts along the way. Saturday Night Live famously mocked the addition of more razors saying “the 6th blade gently removes the 1st layer of skin.” But all mocking aside, [...]

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Best Practices For Memory Optimization on Android

on June 26, 2014 Embedded Android: Technology & Trends and Tags: with 4 comments
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For those tracking the evolution of Android, it is evident that the future of the Android based ecosystem goes far beyond just phones and tablets. The OS is already making its way into a host of other smart devices, like Google Glass for example, in a movement toward what’s being called “the internet of things” [...]

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Sleep With Android: How Embedded Technology Is Improving The Way We Rest

on June 13, 2014 Android Devices At Home and Tags: with 0 comments
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Six hours? Eight hours? Ten hours?! We all have our number. How many hours of sleep does it take for you to fire on all cylinders the next day? How hard is it for you to get out of bed in the morning? It’s amazing, we spend a good percentage of our lives sleeping and [...]

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Small Cells: What Are They & Why Do We Need Them?

on May 30, 2014 Wireless Technology For Business and Tags: with 1 comment
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The massive consumption of data combined with the growing popularity of “anywhere access” is putting a strain on mobile network operators. How will technology respond to this change? How will operators offload enough data to meet the increasing demand for service in increasingly remote areas? The answer is small cell technology. Before we can dive [...]

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Cooperation In Wireless Networks: Progress & Trends

on May 22, 2014 Wireless Networks: Technology & Trends and Tags: with 0 comments
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If we track the evolution of wireless technologies, cooperation (as a way of improving network capacity and performance) stands out as one of the key movers of this evolution. The earliest analog networks were strictly unimodal. Individual network nodes (cell stations) had rigidly defined boundaries of coverage with dedicated, pre-determined resources (primarily bandwidth) with which [...]

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