Last ST Technology Tour of 2017 Rocked Canada, the New IoT Country!

249 Views October 19, 2017

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Yesterday, ST held its last Technology Tour for 2017 in Toronto, Ontario (Canada), and the energy was electric. In certain ways, the event mirrored last month’s ST Developers Conference that put the spotlight on SensorTile and its IoT (Internet of Things) initiatives. The day was filled with engaging and practical presentations that focused on smart technologies, cloud …

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ST Developers Conference: IoT and SensorTile Make a Splash, Literally!

863 Views September 7, 2017

ST Developers Conference

After months of preparation, numerous blog posts, and massive anticipation, the ST Developers Conference took place yesterday in Santa Clara, California, and the excitement was palpable. With a lot more demos, booths, and presentations than last year, professionals and enthusiasts across a broad range of industries got to see innovations, learn about new technologies, and receive specialized training. Thanks …

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P-NUCLEO-IKA02A1: A CO Detector Development Board So Flexible It’s Practically Doing Yoga

505 Views August 21, 2017

The P-NUCLEO-IKA02A1 is a development board enabling engineers to quickly design a smart carbon monoxide (CO) detector using ST’s platforms and components. Smoke and gas detectors are great symbols of the smart revolution. We think so little of the original devices, found in homes and offices for ages, it takes a while to realize they are beeping because their batteries are …

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STM32 ODE Function Packs: Three Major Updates, New Applications with Sensor Boards and Bluetooth Modules

679 Views June 29, 2017

ST has recently updated three STM32 ODE Function Packs to provide more features to their development platforms and simplify the application creation process for developers. The STM32 Open Development Environment (ODE) uses Function Packs, which contain drivers, documentation, application examples, and source code, to make the most out of the various development boards ST provides. Some programs are already compiled …

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Bike Sharing Adopts New Technologies

348 Views June 28, 2017

bike sharing China

Bike-sharing systems have come a long way since the first — and free — system launched in Amsterdam in 1967. Well intentioned, that system was destined to fail, as a city ordinance prohibited leaving unlocked bikes in public places. Today, technology is transforming bike sharing and contributing to an explosion of IT-based systems that are making bike shares part of Smart Cities. …

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Idea to Creation: Architect of “Light of Thoughts” Talks

221 Views June 21, 2017

Light of Thoughts

Light of Thoughts” brightened millions of faces at Vivid Sydney 2017. The interactive exhibit, a collaboration between ST and Australia-based artists, featured 270 acrylic cubes, built as a giant “brain” in pixel form that reacted and projected different animations and illuminations based on hand movements to captivate attendees.

Joe Peng, an architect of Lights of Thought, and Application …

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NFC Tag Reading Lands Key Endorsement

532 Views June 7, 2017

NFC opens locked doors

Many users — and NFC-market leaders — have long awaited an announcement on NFC tag reading from Apple. With just under 20% market share according to Gartner’s 2016 analysis and an outsized enthusiasm among many of its more than 700-million users, the Company wielded exceptional power to kickstart NFC-driven innovation.

Now, the wait is over! In its presentations at the 2017 Apple Worldwide …

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Taiwan Hosts Asia’s 1st Sigfox Hackathon

385 Views May 30, 2017

Hackathon

An exciting enabling technology is expanding the range of applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). Sigfox is an ultra-narrowband low power wide area network (LPWAN) capability well suited to applications that send small and infrequent bursts of data, such as highly distributed alarms and meters. In building out a global network to connect billions of nodes, Sigfox has …

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Safety and Wellness Wearable Protects Loved Ones

730 Views May 24, 2017

Necessity is the mother of invention. Jacqueline Ros and Andrea Perdomo are the mothers of Revolar. They founded the company and developed their wearable safety product from unfortunate experience: the feeling of helplessness that comes from family members finding themselves in unsafe situations and unable to communicate. 

What is Revolar? It is a small wearable that can be worn discreetly on …

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Sensing Where We Are

470 Views May 2, 2017

The Sensors market, like the semiconductor market in general, has been a bit schizophrenic. In the first half of last year, the market was as quiet and still as a predawn unruffled lake. Then, the second half sparkled and bubbled like fine Champagne. In the fourth quarter of the last year, ST popped the cork, achieving the highest-ever quarterly volume shipments …

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Cloud-Connectable Discovery Kit Puts More Stuff On-Board for Fast IoT Development

719 Views April 26, 2017

Cloud-Connectable

Building a Cloud-connectable IoT device can be a bear. Choosing the hardware can be the easy part; integrating all of the pieces and writing (and debugging) all the device drivers takes a lot more time. The STM32 Discovery kit IoT node was developed to eliminate much of that time-consuming effort and get makers and developers focused faster on adding value to …

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STM32-AudioWeaver: Audio Development Tool

1.7K Views April 25, 2017

Earlier this year, we introduced ST-AudioWeaver, an advanced and free audio development tool in partnership with DSP Concepts. The incredibly useful ST-AudioWeaver makes audio development even easier on STM32 products and will significantly reduce development time and cost.

ST-AudioWeaver is a Graphical UI tool that helps developers create audio features by dragging and dropping DSP modules and configuring them in …

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Tutorial: 6LoWPAN, Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Network and Sending Data to the Internet

3.5K Views April 13, 2017

This tutorial will walk you through setting up a quick 6LoWPAN (pronounced “six-lo-pan”) network to send data from a node to a gateway connected to a Wi-Fi network. Hence, this demo will help you get a first hands-on experience with ST’s software stack, and development boards. As sub-gigahertz wireless protocols become ever more popular, and companies like Wi6Labs come up …

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FP-NET-6LPWIFI1 and FP-SNS-6LPNODE1: Function Packs Make Creating a 6LoWPAN Network Easy

1.2K Views April 12, 2017

ST offers Function Packs to jump-start a 6LoWPAN project, and today, we’ll focus our attention on two of them, the FP-NET–6LPWIFI1 and FP-SNS–6LPNODE1. They include source codes, and applications, to make prototyping easy and shorten development times. As startups, multinational corporations, or governments, take advantage of the Internet of Things, they need complete and modern solutions that …

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Wireless Charging Made Easy with the STWLC33

358 Views April 3, 2017

We have all experienced it – our smartwatch battery runs out but our cell phone is fully charged. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transfer some power between these devices until you can get home and plug in: on-the-go wireless charging? Well now you can.

The STWLC33 wireless power receiver also adds transmit capabilities to a receiving coil, thereby …

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STSAFE-A1SX : the SIGFOX Secure Element Protecting Devices Inside and Out

890 Views March 15, 2017

The STSAFE-A1SX is the first secure element from ST for IoT devices relying on the Sigfox™ protocol. As the Internet of Things is increasingly nicknamed the “Internet of Threats”, any network vying for market domination must provide robust, and modern, security measures to protect its data from hackers and failures. Sigfox is a Low Power Wide Area Network …

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B-L072Z-LRWAN1 and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 : Two LoRa Boards, One Easy Way to Create Applications

1K Views February 22, 2017

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 are the newest LoRa development boards from ST. In the age of connected devices, sub-gigahertz networks are the latest El Dorado, and ST is pioneering this brave new world with great software that speeds up prototyping, and powerful transceivers that can last 10 years on a single battery.

One technology …

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Sophisticated Proximity Sensor Sees All

520 Views February 20, 2017

Proximity Sensor Sees All

The world’s first Time-of-Flight (ToF) proximity sensor, introduced by ST in 2013, offered unprecedented accuracy and reliability in measuring the distance between the sensor and a single object. This innovative sensor and next-generation devices introduced later, precisely measured the time a photon took to travel to the nearest object and reflect back to the sensor. Today, ST’s most sophisticated …

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Come See ST at Mobile World Congress

551 Views February 10, 2017

Mobile World Congress

In case you hadn’t looked at the calendar recently, Mobile World Congress is coming! Billed as the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, the event takes place in beautiful Barcelona, between February 27 and March 2 under the theme of “Mobile. The Next Element”. And it will be great!

Originally a show dedicated to the mobile phone industry, Mobile …

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Mobile Payment Pays Off Thanks to ST’s Unique, Complete, and Certified Solution

384 Views February 2, 2017

Last month, at CES 2017, ST showcased a complete solution to integrate mobile payment in smartphones and wearable devices. Contactless payment is not new, but building such a system from the ground up is extremely cumbersome, which explains why so few companies offer it. There are so many aspects to consider, such as communication protocols, the security, and the various …

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A Pedometer in ST’s MEMS : Make Every Step Count by Choosing the Ones That Count

181 Views January 25, 2017

Wearable wrist band

At CES 2017, ST announced that several smartphones were compatible with the WeRun feature found in the WeChat messaging app, thanks to two components : the 6-axis inertial module LSM6DSL or LSM6DSM, and the eCompass LSM303AH. These MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) are very popular with manufacturers of mobile devices, because of their precise sensors. They …

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STM32 and STM8 Contribute to the Smart Revolution

417 Views January 23, 2017

ST MCUs Lead Smart Revolution

Can you name the 8- and 32-bit microcontroller families leading the “Smart Revolution”?

With ST having delivered more than 1 million STM32 development kits and 100,000 STM8 development kits, chances are good that if you’re reading this post, you’ve gotten at least one of them. The achievement of these milestones helps explain how ST has laid a solid foundation and …

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Big Goals Drive Euro Alliance for IoT Innovation

647 Views January 9, 2017

AIOTI Members

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on a trajectory to connect 45 billion things by 2020. So the European Commission created the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) to develop a dynamic IoT ecosystem in Europe. In large part, this aims to leverage the unique opportunity of new markets to invigorate Europe’s industry, address demographic changes, and transform growing cities …

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ST Powering Big Trends at CES 2017

861 Views January 7, 2017

As the tech masses gathered in Las Vegas this week for the 50th annual CES conference, ST technology was powering some of the hottest trends.

AI & Smart Assistants:  Voice-activated “smart assistants” are everywhere. Just speak and they can help you with almost anything you need to do. These assistants are now in smartphones, home automation devices, and Smart-Home applications …

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Need a Gift? We’re Here to Help!

891 Views December 12, 2016

Tis the season for “peace on earth and goodwill to man.” And as we approach the end of 2016, we’re also entering the traditional season of gift giving around the world. If you are struggling to find just the right gift for someone, we’re got some suggestions. Naturally, they contain ST technology.

For the athletes on your list, Smart Things …

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Tailored Technology: Wearables in the IoT

139 Views December 7, 2016

Science fiction has long predicted a future of tiny wearable devices that do everything from monitor health and improve physical performance to stream video. That fiction is quickly becoming reality. New wearable devices—smart watches, bracelets, shoes, rings, glasses, and even clothing—are launched every day.

But there are technical challenges to making wearables even more mainstream. Here are a few, and …

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SensorTile, The World’s Densest Sensor Board, Now Commercially Available

5K Views December 5, 2016

SensorTile STEVAL-STLKT01V

One of the darlings of the ST Developers Conference that took place last October was SensorTile, the world’s densest sensor board. At 13.5 mm x 13.5 mm, it includes two 3D accelerometers, a 3D gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, pressure sensor, barometer, digital MEMS microphone, microcontroller (MCU) and Bluetooth Low Energy. ST announces today general availability of the SensorTile’s (

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NFC Technology is simplifying the IoT

346 Views November 29, 2016

FC (Near Field Communication) technology is at the heart of an expanding spectrum of easy-to-use, contactless applications

NFC (Near Field Communication) technology is at the heart of an expanding spectrum of easy-to-use, contactless applications because it helps simplify the connection of devices. Available at low cost and operating with low to zero power, it is ideal for IoT connectivity in devices that need to connect only occasionally. NFC-enabled devices within IoT applications talk to each other and then to …

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Silicon Photonics for the New Internet

489 Views November 24, 2016

By 2020 we’ll be able to send in one hour the total volume of data traffic sent in the whole of the year 2000. In 2016, the traffic during an average hour is equivalent to 250 million people streaming high-definition video continuously. In a busy hour, this rises to the equivalent of about 600 million people streaming high-definition video continuously. …

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Valencell and ST Listen to Your Heart’s Content With Wearable Biometric Solutions that Change Lives

903 Views October 19, 2016

Tyler Cowen, professor of Economics at George Mason University, argues we are currently experiencing a “Great Stagnation”[1], a time in world history when innovation is no longer earth shattering to the point of changing our lives and transforming our economies. By the end of this piece, you’ll understand why ST and Valencell have just proven …

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Wireless Charging for Wearables Made Flexible, Efficient, and Easy

701 Views October 4, 2016

From cars to cellphones, batteries are on everyone’s mind. Ironically, this component that was once overlooked can now make or break a design and a reputation. To complicate things, the increased popularity of wearable and IoT devices means engineers face a new set of challenges and restrictions. Batteries and their charging solutions must be smaller, more efficient, denser, without needing …

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Genius from Oral-B: Connected Toothbrush Helps You Brush Like Your Dentist Recommends

292 Views October 3, 2016

The Genius toothbrush from Oral-B is all about helping you brush your teeth better. With embedded sensing, control, and connectivity technology, the intelligent toothbrush can tell if you’re brushing properly, or whether you’re pressing too hard and concentrating too much—or not enough—on specific sections of your mouth.

Research has shown the strong correlation between good oral health and overall health, …

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