In January, STMicroelectronics demonstrated our Model 13563 Near Field Communication/High Frequency RFID sensor in their suite at the International CES 2014 event in Las Vegas. While everyone back home in Chicago was buried deep in snow and a harsh freeze, we enjoyed the wonderful Las Vegas weather and had the opportunity to check out the trends for 2014 and 2015.
2014 seems to be the year that 3D printers advance their evolution from hobby kits to consumer electronics. In addition to industry leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems, there were well over a dozen manufacturers. Taiwan-based XYZprinting showed its Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer, with a price point of $499, and is now available for preorder.
Among the amazing advances in the Internet of Things, we saw connected cars from BMW and GM, and embedded sensors that enable companies to focus on improved health, like the Fitbit fitness tracker. In addition, Asus quietly debuted the first NFC equipped PC where apps and programs can be launched with the simple touch of a smartphone or RFID card.
When off the CES floor, we were hard at work showcasing our Model 13563 NFC/HF RFID sensor with our partners STMicroelectronics. With this sophisticated product, which provides a portal for RFID cards, smart phones, and tablets, users can seamlessly interface with a wide range of machines and devices—from vending machines, to point-of-sale equipment, to industrial controls. In our live demo we were sending and receiving messages via Eurotech’s Everyware™ Cloud service, using the MQTT protocol. The model 13563 captures data insights in real-time so you can make informed, speedy decisions.