Smart Enough? The Three Most Frequent Issues in Smart Assistant Applications

Voice recognition has become the prevalent technology for remote authentication. To fulfill people’s imaginations for “convenience,” tech giants such as Amazon, Google, and Apple started to develop their own voice recognition systems and have invented and brought “Smart Assistant” to the market.

Generally, a smart assistant can be vocally activated to provide entertainment support (e.g. music and radio), help search information (e.g. wiki, translation, and recipe), and control other smart devices in houses, offices, or hotel rooms. These clever helpers later become the focus for those manufacturers who attempt to step further in the IoT era. Read more

Protect Your Eyes in a Better way – Allion Test Report of Blue Light Filter Apps

With the flourishing of display technology nowadays, digital device makers tend to produce bright and vivid screen by using LED backlighting technology. However, you should be careful since this “eye-killer” can emit very strong blue light rays, which harm your eyes. In fact, studies have shown that prolonged exposure over time of blue light will cause digital eye strain, such as dry and irritated eyes. Although there are a large numbers of blue light filter apps (also known as Night Mode) that allow users to protect eyes, their efficiencies are still questioned. In this article, Allion argues that these apps can be useful tools for filtering out blue light. First, we will explain what blue light is. Then we will run tests after activating these apps.

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Validate your Smart Device with Real World Factors: Allion’s Heat Map Analysis Program

According to research firm IHS Markit, the number of IoT devices will increase on average 12% each year from 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030. As more devices go on the Net, the limited wireless channels have become more congested that brings plenty of connectivity issues to the real-world and further deteriorates user’s experiences.

Unlike one-to-one communication of traditional devices, communication of IoT devices has become one-to-many. The performance of IoT devices should involve in three factors: product capability, network connectivity and user environment/ behavior. Vendors thus need a new methodology to verify products before launching to the market. This article will discuss a new methodology of IoT device validation “Heat Map Analysis”, which is used to perceive real-world factors and further discover and resolve common wireless connectivity issues.

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Embracing IoT? Wait!! A Test Report from Allion Smart Life Program

The idea of IoT (Internet of Things) and the innovation of technology have created a new lifestyle to people. Today, individuals, when stepping into a house, are able to turn on light, air conditioner, or television by simply speaking a word. However, the larger scale applications of smart technology also created more complex issues.

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Rise of Connected Car Service – IVI Speech Test Verification

Technological development is changing the auto/driving experience and creating an ecosystem that supports connectivity between automobile and mobile applications. According to China Industrial Development Research Network report, the global car network terminals can reach 66.95 million units. China’s car network terminal was only 1 million units in 2013, expected to grow to around 10 million units in 2018. The “mobile phone-car mode” network terminal increased from 19% in 2013 and will increase to nearly 50% in 2018.

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The Advent of New Technology: A Trend Analysis of the Current SSD Market

Solid State Drive (SSD) has gradually become the focus for individuals who desire to enhance their storage equipment. Especially since 2016, more and more SSD vendors have applied the newly invented “3D NAND Flash” and “NVMe Communications Protocol” to their latest products. With the larger capacity, faster speed, and friendlier price, SSD will comprehensively replace Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in the near future.

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IoT Testing support at Allion Labs, Inc.

Significant developments in information and communications technology affect activities of industries, businesses and our social lives bringing about changes to our immediate living and work environment through improved and seamless connectivity.

Allion works closely with customers to provide testing services that identifies interoperability between their IoT devices and other IoT gadgets. In our state of the art IoT facility, with a real home simulation infrastructure, Allion performs repeatable testing for a wide range of IoT products and customer base.

A part of these tests includes emphasis on: network connectivity; proximity test, interference and roaming testing of all your IoT devices to define interoperability, functionality and stability of the tested IoT devices. We help our customers address the many challenges associated with connectivity and incompatibility by leveraging our huge testing expertise in different domains. The next section is meant to introduce ways we render our IoT test services.

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Wireless Charging Interoperability Test Results and Analysis

Wireless Charging Interoperability Test Results and Analysis

Foreword

It was said that wireless charging would be introducing into Apple next generation while there was also news that Apple Inc. had just joined Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) as its new member. As Apple has always been one of market leaders in the industry, such news coming one after another seems to indicate of the market booming and technology development rising into its high peak for the wireless charging that has been regarded as emerging technology for a period of time.

According to the research of IHS Markit, the worldwide wireless charging- transmitter (Tx) & receiver (Rx) market in 2017 are expected to be totally over 600 million units of shipments and would be driven even over 3 times more to reach 2.8 billion units in 2025. From Chart I, we learned that in this market the surging shipments of devices featured as receivers for wireless charging, such as smartphones and smartwatches, have become the main force of wireless charging market and has further driven the increases of the transmitter market.

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High Speed Connector Development Trends and Key Points for Quality Certification

General Overview

With the rapid development of the IT industry, transfer quality, speed and application diversity have initiated a continued drive towards the development of faster transfer speeds. In order to enhance signal transfer encoding speed and shorten user waiting sessions. 1. Lowering package precision. 2. Providing full duplex transfer modes are both plausible ways to tackle the issue. In order to reach this goal, all individual components must be able to minimize signal decay, distortion and resistance towards interference.

Hence, the connector which acts as a bridge would also require an upgrade, due to the increasing role it plays in transmission quality and speed. The flow chart below shows the evolution of USB transmission speed from USB 1.0 to USB 3.1 Gen 2. Another important point to mention is the transmission mode which upgraded from half-duplex to full duplex.

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DisplayPort 1.4 Early Certification Available! Grasp the Latest DP1.4 Trends, Technology and Certification Service

Video Electronics Standard Association; VESA has released the DisplayPort High Bit Rate 3 ( or DisplayPort 1.4 ) early certification program in January 2017. Authorizing Allion to provide DisplayPort 1.4 Certification and testing service; as an ATL for VESA, Allion will introduce the specifications and details of DisplayPort 1.4 Certification and testing service.

DisplayPort 1.4

DisplayPort 1.4 ( or in short DP 1.4 ) would be the latest specification presented from VESA, compared with DP1.2 the new DP1.4 incorporates the Display Stream Compression; DSC function. Hence, with a high compression rate of 3:1, it is able to support a higher resolution and refresh rate under the same bandwidth. Besides DSC, DP 1.4 includes Forward Error Correction, HDR meta transport in this new update. Therefore, allowing for better performance in video output.

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