first_imgEven the return of its best striker, Costas Mitroglou, couldn’t give front-running Olympiakos a victory against Atromitos, as the Greek soccer league champions had to settle for a 0-0 tie at Peristeri.The draw cut the Reds lead over second-placed PAOK was cut to eight points. The upstart Atromitos team, which regularly gives fits to the stronger clubs in the league, battled fiercely and Olympiakos gave in return but neither could break the net.The return of Mitroglou, who had been sitting out hurt for seven weeks, was offset when Olympiakos the day before lost central defender Dimitris Siovas to surgery, sidelining him for three months. That’s a setback for Olympakos before its key Champions League matches with perennial stalwart Manchester United.he champions also received a blow ahead of their Champions League matches with Manchester United as central defender Dimitris Siovas was operated on Saturday and will miss the action of the next three months. However the match at Peristeri signaled the return to action for Costas Mitroglou after seven weeks on the sidelines.PAOK gained a point on the front-runners with a 1-0 win at home against Panetolikos through a Lucas goal, but its fans booed the Thessaloniki club’s players off the pitch at the end, disappointed with a half-hearted performance that barely earned a win.Panathinaikos stayed in fourth beating Panionios 1-0 at home on a goal fromDanijel Pranjic, but Panionios would have got at least a point, or even a victory, had it not missed a penalty kick or hit the goalposts twice.Asteras remained fifth with its 3-0 win over Platanias Hanion at Tripoli, while Panthrakikos rose to sixth beating rival Thrace club Xanthi 2-1.Meanwhile, Northern Ireland veteran Lawrie Sanchez is proving a star for the Athens club Apollon, which humbled PAS Giannina, 4-0, less than a week after beating Aris, 2-0. That lifts Apollon out of relegation so far.Veria took advantage of the two red cards shown to OFI Crete players to score its first away win (1-0) with a goal five minutes from the end, a couple of hours before Levadiakos’s return to victories with a 2-0 win over Ergotelis at Livadia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOBERHAUSEN, GERMANY – Wladimir Klitschko made the 16th successful defense of his IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight, championships, as well as the title bestowed upon him by Ring magazine, by knocking out overmatched Alex Leapai in five rounds.Leapai was an unlikely “Rocky Balboa”-type longshot but, unlike the movie, the underdog was just that. The six-foot-six Klitschko battered his much smaller opponent around the ring before disposing of him in the fifth round.It was Klitschko’s 20th straight win, elevating his professional record to 62-3 (52 wins by knockout). A pro since 1996, Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division along with his older brother, Vitali, for the better part of the past two decades. The brothers, who vowed never to fight one another and stayed true to their word, both hold PhDs in sports management.The elder Dr. Klitshcko vacated his portion of the heavyweight throne, retiring from boxing, and is a member of the Ukranian Parliament and leader of the Ukranian Democratic Alliance for Reform.  Both Klitschko Brothers, in fact, are active in Ukranian politics.With big brother Vitali out of boxing, the younger Klitschko is undoubtedly the most dominant fighter in the sport. Rare has been the occasion when the heavyweight boxing champion had virtually no competition.  Even the undefeated Rocky Marciano, the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali, and the ferocious Mike Tyson had some scares. But Klitschko, whose three losses all came by knockout at the hands of fighters who, at best, can be called mediocre, has learned how to protect his suspect chin: he simply doesn’t give any fighter a chance to zero in on it.A fight in May features top contenders for Vitali’s vacated title, Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola squaring off, the winner to fight Wladimir. Stiverne may be the best heavyweight in the world today – retired or otherwise – not named Klitschko. Though he would be an underdog in a fight against big Wlad, at least it might be a competitive one worth watching. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — This is what ran through Roger Federer’s mind as he stood one point from losing to Gael Monfils in the U.S. Open quarterfinals:“You got the back against the wall and hope to get a bit lucky. And you hope to play exactly the right shots that you need,” Federer explained. “Or that he completely just messes it up. Either way works, as long as you get out of it.”Federer got out of it. Twice.Steady as ever, even at 33, Federer saved two match points en route to coming all the way back from a two-set deficit, edging the 20th-seeded Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 the night of Sept. 4 to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2011.Frustrated by the Frenchman’s unpredictable style, flummoxed by the swirling wind, and missing shots he normally makes, Federer was on the verge of defeat while trailing 5-4 in the fourth set.The 17-time major champion’s mind was racing.“That is a very frustrating moment to be in. Being down match point, it’s just not fun, because you’re so close to leaving the court, head hanging down and … going to take a shower and going to have to do press and all that stuff, which is so annoying after you’ve lost,” Federer said.“It’s hard to block it out, (but) you snap right back in, because you don’t have that much time,” he continued. “You’re like, ‘OK, let me try and hit a good serve. Let’s hope it works, because I don’t want to hit a second serve.’ All that kind of stuff. … I have to face it and embrace it.”That he did.With Federer serving at 15-40, Monfils had an opening for a backhand passing shot, but it flew long. At 30-40, Federer produced a forehand winner, and the crowd roared. Two points later, it was 5-all, and then Monfils double-faulted twice in a row to get broken.Everything had changed, putting Federer on course to winning for the ninth time after dropping the opening two sets of a match.“It came quick,” said Monfils, who said he felt physically and mentally drained late. “It’s a matter of five minutes,” he said. “I think I was down (for) five minutes. Roger just (jumped) on me.”Afterward, Federer credited the raucous support he heard in Arthur Ashe Stadium, saying the spectators “definitely got me through the match.”“It grows your belief that you can hit better shots, you can dig out more tough balls, you can serve better. All that just helps solidify your belief,” Federer said. “I must say tonight was actually quite emotional for me.”Monfils, 28, was trying to reach his second career Grand Slam semifinal. Instead, Federer advanced to his 36th, ninth at Flushing Meadows. Five of Federer’s major titles came at the U.S. Open from 2004-08, but he exited in the quarterfinals in 2012, and the fourth round in 2013.On Sept. 6, the second-seeded Federer will play 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. The other semifinal will be No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 10 Kei Nishikori.Cilic wasn’t allowed to play in last year’s U.S. Open, forced to the sideline by a four-month doping suspension that he says he didn’t deserve.But Cilic reached the second Grand Slam semifinal of his career, and first since 2010, by beating sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4).It took Monfils 78 minutes to build a two-set lead, shaking of a twisted right ankle that left him down on the court. It helped that Federer made 26 unforced errors in that span.And as if all he had to do was want to improve his play, Federer did. He suddenly was remarkably cleaner, with only one unforced error in the third set, and two in the fifth.Attacking the net helped: Over the final three sets, Federer earned the point on 34 of 46 trips forward. “I knew I could play better after the first couple of sets,” Federer said. “I believed I could turn it around from the get-go when the third set started.”Monfils is nothing if not unpredictable. In an era where some men, including Federer, have two coaches, Monfils goes without any. He’ll admit to tanking points, games or entire sets.He sips sodas during matches, including on Sept. 4. He’ll go for a between-the-legs shot when a mundane forehand would do.Make no mistake, though. This was not easy. The turnaround might not have been possible for Federer a year ago, when he was dealing with a bad back and trying to figure out whether he should switch to a larger racket head.But now Federer, however old, is approaching his skills of old. He got to the finals at his previous four tournaments — including a loss to Djokovic in Wimbledon’s title match in July — the first such run by a 30-something since Ivan Lendl in 1990. One more victory, and Federer’s final streak will stretch to five in a row.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgZAGREB, Croatia – Greece remained unbeaten with its third straight win in the European basketball tourney, whomping Georgia, 79-68 on Sept. 8.The Greeks rolled up an unbeatable 50-22 halftime lead with near-flawless execution against the outgunned Georgian team.Coach Fotis Katsikaris rested his big guns in the second half as the Greeks coasted to an easy win over opening with victories over FYROM and a nail-biter to beat host Croatia.Nick Calathes was Greece’s top scorer with 19 points, while NBA players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Costas Koufos had 12 each.Greece is alone on top of the group staged in Croatia and on Sept. 9 will play a much-tougher Slovenian team.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgNEW YORK –  Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli’s sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn’t elated like other relatives in the luxury suite at Levi’s Stadium who were jumping and celebrating after Denver’s late touchdown sealed the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.He said Eli had his game face on.“Eli and I have always supported each other. I think Eli was analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be as if he were playing it. And so he was just as happy,” Peyton told host Jimmy Fallon during the show that aired Wednesday night.Then, he and Fallon quickly pivoted to a bit where they spoke to a life-sized cutout of Eli, the New York Giants quarterback who won two Super Bowl rings himself.“It’s funny, when I saw that clip, Jimmy, I’ve seen that look before. I’ve recognized it. At other big moments in my life he kind of had that similar expression,” Peyton said.“I can remember 18 years ago, calling the night before the draft and said: ‘Eli, guess what? The Colts are going to draft me No. 1 in the NFL draft tomorrow.’”The camera showed cardboard Eli’s expressionless face.“Eli, I got us front-row tickets to see Adele!” Fallon chimed in as the audience roared.“I remember almost five years ago: ‘Eli, Ashley and I are expecting twins. You’re going to be an uncle,’” Peyton said.“And then like four years ago coming off this (series of neck fusion surgeries), I was like: ‘Eli, guess what, my neck has finally healed. I’m going to play football again.’”Fallon finished the bit by saying: “All those big moments in your life, he’s always there for you. That’s what a brother is for.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some of the leading gambling technology companies expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting nationwide, and are jockeying for position months before a decision is even rendered.NYX Gaming is suing London-based William Hill over the proposed acquisition of NYX by Las Vegas-based Scientific Games. William Hill, which owns stock in NYX, is threatening to use its voting shares to block the acquisition unless it receives certain assurances from Scientific Games about what the newly merged company will and won’t be able to do.In its lawsuit, NYX terms those requests “extortionate” and anti-competitive. William Hill calls them “perfectly reasonable.”The maneuvering takes place as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case brought by New Jersey that seeks to legalize sports betting. Federal law now forbids sports gambling in all but four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.—WAYNE PARRY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, FL – A big, fat chunk of Florida’s Greek community is gearing up to support the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on December 22 when he faces the Miami Heat.The 23-year-old, 6-foot-11, 242-pounder has been nicknamed the “Greek Freak” due to his dominance on the hardwood. Off the court, he is a gentle giant known for his charity and humble nature.“There is no drama or flash with Giannis,” said Aleco Haralambides, a Miami attorney and Greek community leader.“He exhibits classic Greek ideals of humility, hard work, and excellence while at the same time coming across as wholesome kid from the neighborhood.”Haralambides adds: “Gia sou, Giannis!” which is the Greek phrase for “greetings.”Born in Athens, Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh) is of Nigerian descent. If his name is too hard too pronounce, just call him “John.”Ticket information is available by phone: 786-777-1000.From the Miami Herald, reprinted with the author’s permission.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgI was just pondering the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, which will take place December 5-7, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center.Up until a few years ago, I used to bounce over Silicon Valley every couple of months or so. More recently, my trips to California have fallen off, while others have taken their place. In a couple of weeks’ time, for example, I’ll be traveling to Munich, Germany (to meet with some companies); then on to London, England (to meet with some more companies); then continuing to Herning, Denmark (to give the Keynote presentation at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference); after which I return to America just in time to attend ESC Minneapolis. Phew! I’m too young for all this excitement. The point is that, since I now visit Silicon Valley relatively infrequently, I’ll have a lot of catching up to do regarding seeing friends and visiting companies.But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about LOL.In addition to all the tempting sessions at ESC Silicon Valley (check out the full schedule), and in addition to the fact I’ll be giving two sessions of my own (see Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems and Building an Artificial Brain ), one of the things we tend to do is a little “show and tell.”By “we” I mean some of the regular attendees and myself. And, by “show and tell” I mean that we bring interesting “things” (components, systems, bits of old technology, etc.) to pass around and discuss.One of the devices I’ll be bringing to this year’s show-and-tell is a smart lightbulb. I was introduced to these little beauties a couple of months ago by my chum, Rick Curl, who sent me a link to a website accompanied by a note saying, “Trust me, order a 4-pack of these right now.”Rick demonstrating one use for a smart lightbulb (Source: Rick Curl) I do trust Rick, so I bounced over to the website and ordered an 8-pack, just to make sure. I’ve been having fun showing these little scamps to people ever since.Another thing I’ll be bringing is a Lixie display. These have the “feel” of a Nixie tube, but they are illuminated by tri-state LEDs. The funny thing is that, even though these little scamps are state-of-the-art (laser-etched acrylic illuminated by semiconductor diodes), they are actually based on an early 1950s display technology.Lixie (Source: Connor Nishijima) I love these little rascals. In fact, I’m using 12 of the little beauties to create a Countdown Timer (see Awesome LED-Based Nixie Tubes and Building a Countdown Timer Using Lixies). Everyone who sees one “in the flesh” is really impressed, so I’m definitely going to be bringing an Arduino-driven Lixie to our show-and-tell.Last but certainly not least, I recently acquired a refurbished Western Electric #7 Dial for 500 series telephones from the 1950s.Lixie (Source: Max Maxfield) This really takes me back to when I was a kid and the only phones we knew boasted big, black, molded plastic housings covering a steel chassis with the rotary dialing mechanism in the center. These beasts were designed to handle the rigors of everyday use for a long, long time, which explains why so many of them continue to function to this day.There’s something strangely satisfying about using the rotary dial, which is why I’ve decided to employ it as one of the ways to enter a target date into my Countdown Timer (see Using Arduino and Rotary Telephone Dial to Control ‘Stuff’ and Lixies + Rotary Telephone Dial = ‘Ooh, Shiny!’).Yes, of course I’ll be bringing this little beauty to the show-and-tell. Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley? If so, and if you see me ambling around, stop me to say “Hi” and I’ll be delighted to regale you with my show-and-tell offerings. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Continue Reading Previous Brain-Stem-Storming at ESC Minneapolis 2017Next Maybe we aren’t as ready for IoT as we thought Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

first_imgAfter 20 years in the industry, the company remains dedicated to showcase its industrial products and technologies at embedded world including top-range 3D NAND SSD, industrial DRAM, and TCG Opal 2.0 solutions.With the advent of Industry 4.0, Apacer expects to unveil all-new 3D NAND flash storage solutions to fulfill the macro demand in cloud computing, automated industrial applications, and big data analysis. Apacer’s 3D NAND flash storage solutions adopt 64-Layer BiCS3 flash chips, which promise to operate at excellent stability, capacity and access speeds to meet industrial needs. Products are available for 2.5-inch, M.2, PCIe, mSATA, MO-297, SATA modules, uSSD, and CFast. Apacer anticipates fully demonstrating the high-performance, high-speed, and high-stability features of its products, thereby satisfying customer requirements.The technologies of Apacer’s military-grade ruggedized SSDs are as follows: (1) Thermal Throttling: This is for monitoring the temperature of the SSD. When continuously executing intensive reading and writing, the temperature of the SSD rises, which could lead to or increase the risk of device malfunction or damage. To prevent the system from overheating and sustaining damage, Apacer’s SSDs are equipped with Thermal Throttling technology for temperature control, reducing operating speeds during high temperature to prevent hardware damage. (2) Underfill: This strengthens the soldering points of BGA packages, enhances anti-vibration properties, and reduces damage from thermal stress. It not only effectively reinforces anti-vibration and anti-thermal impact properties but also prolongs product life. (3) Conformal coating/ IP57 nano-coating: This provides anti-pollution and water-proof functions.Amidst the continuous advancement in the storage technologies of solid state drives (SSDs), choosing products that can store an immense amount of data securely has become the priority of many companies. Apacer offers a variety of products with the TCG Opal 2.0 technology. TCG Opal 2.0 SSDs handle the encryption of information within the device without the need for a host, enabling fast encryption and minimizing the risk of data leakage without affecting system performance. Apacer’s TCG Opal 2.0 products come in a variety of form factors, including 2.5″, M.2, mSATA, and MO-297. Apacer developed and patented a unique industrial-grade anti-sulfuration DRAM module that combines anti-sulfuration technology and wide temperature support, ensuring stable operations in highly sulfuric or stringent/extreme climate conditions. Modules are designed for use in industrial control systems, automobile electronics, medical devices, national defense equipment, network and communication devices, and mining control systems located in highly contaminated environments, providing multi-layered protection solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADLINK brings ‘AI at the Edge’ with NVIDIA technologyNext The rise of edge computinglast_img read more

first_img 4D Systems demonstrated it’s wide portfolio of HMI display modules and Workshop4 IDE software at Embedded World 2018. Here, Markku Riihonen talks about the new factory the company has just opened in the Philippines and the latest series of modules for the Raspberry Pi family that were launched at the show.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Best practices for safer systemsNext iC-Haus: high-resolution absolute encoder iCs for nonius interpolationlast_img

first_img Continue Reading Previous RECOM: DC/DC converters in compact 1 x 1” footprintNext How high-def headlights will factor into autonomous vehicle systems Power supply failure for machine controls and IT infrastructures was mostly faced with battery-supported UPS systems to-date. So-called super capacitors, abbreviated as SuperCaps, can provide a longer-term and therefore better value solution. Acceed presents two models specifically for use with controllers and Box PCs.Spontaneous failure of the power supply occurs repeatedly within industrial surroundings, whether due to system-wide emergency off switching, machine damages or overloads on the power grid. In order to counteract this expectable failure, the use of UPS devices (UPS = uninterrupted power supply) is a standard measure. The major purpose for the short-term maintenance of the power supply is normally not the continuation of production, but the controlled shutdown and switching off of controllers. It hinders that important data and information, for example regarding the switching status, positions or hazardous situations, is lost. Many systems and devices are not able to reboot after restoration of the power supply without this information. The brief failure can therefore result in a long-lasting standstill. The possible effects are even more serious at computing centres.For many years, the decisive element for UPS systems was the battery, normally as one or several lead rechargeable batteries which can fill entire rooms in large quantities at computing centres. Fast availability, easy scaling and high modularisation substantiated their prevalence. However, batteries are not really as unproblematic as they appear to be at an initial glance. Their electrochemical function makes them susceptible to errors and demanding with regard to operating conditions. Their optimum service life, for example, is only achieved within a narrow environmental temperature range. Additionally, they are subject to the self-discharge effect. In order to retain their voltage, they must be charged regularly. During the charging process itself, water is decomposed in the electrolyte. Oxygen and hydrogen are generated, which develop an explosive mixture together. Expensive, service-free batteries are sealed, do not allow any gas to escape and need not be filled with water. Nonetheless, the batteries are not everlasting, ideally their service life is five years, practically viewed somewhat shorter. These are just some of the factors which make the use of batteries work-intense and expensive.An already proven technique which is no longer a genuine novum and has already proven itself in practice provides the alternative: Super capacitors, also referred to as SuperCaps, are the cost-efficient and service-friendly alternative to the traditional battery UPS. SuperCaps contribute to cost reduction, increase energy efficiency and are – and this is not very unimportant – generally more environmentally friendly than lead acid batteries.The SuperCap UPS solutions PB-9250J-SA and PB-2500J offered by the German distributor Acceed are service-free, temperature-resistant and achieve a service life of at least 10 years according to the manufacturer.Model PB-9250J-SA is a compact stand-alone system, consisting of eight 370F/3.0V super capacitors with a storage performance of 9250Ws. Thanks to the patented Neousys energy management technology, this model can reliably provide an output of 18W to the back-end system and manage automatic switching on and off without requiring the installation of additional drivers or software. In addition to the UPS mode, the system provides two ignition control modes for in-vehicle use. Therefore, the PB-9250J-SA can, in addition to its use with standard Box PCs, also be used with vehicle controllers for which controlled behaviour must in particularly be guaranteed when switching the ignition on and off.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: new embedded edge server technologies for the energy sectorNext Portwell launches compact and robust IoT gateway PC “If you hate changing batteries, you’re going to like the technologies we’re developing to help eliminate that problem,” said John Hennessy, advisor to Atmosic and chairman of the board of Alphabet. “The Atmosic team is applying its extensive wireless and low-power expertise to bring innovative radio and energy-saving designs to market. Our mission is to redefine battery life.Many of the IoT end points powered by batteries make them truly “wire free” solutions. However the opportunity cost of replacing batteries frequently is significantly more than the cost of battery. Having battery-free or forever battery life solutions greatly eliminates the recurring operating and opportunity costs, said Srinivas Pattamatta, VP of Atmosic.Atmosic has developed three innovative technologies: Lowest Power Radio, On-demand Wake-up, and Controlled Energy Harvesting. The first is aimed at solving the energy and management challenges of IoT devices such as beacons and fitness trackers. Atmosic’s controlled energy harvesting brings a new level of battery performance.Figure 2: Atmosic Bluetooth 5 ultra-low power single chip [Source: Atmosic] The Bluetooth 5 standard was designed primarily to share information between devices within the confines of the home or a car and in a workplace. That said, the new version of Bluetooth has properties that should make it attractive for some Internet of things applications. Atmosic Technologies is focusing on low-power Bluetooth 5 wireless platforms to enable networks of IoT devices that are, as the company says,”Forever Connected, Anywhere.”The new Bluetooth 5 offers performance improvements over legacy Bluetooth of four times the range, twice the speed, and eight times the bandwidth. Bluetooth 5 extends the functions that were already provided by the previous versions and aims at greater flexibility and interaction between the network-connected devices.What might link Bluetooth 5 to the IoT at large is the presence of Bluetooth in smartphones and tablets. Many IoT applications require a long-range but minimal bandwidth capacity, transmitting data only intermittently. Bluetooth stands as an alternative for other IoT applications, offering mesh networking that can include a large number of nodes. Bluetooth 5 can guarantee a decentralized system of devices without having to resort to a single controller hub – a real peer-to-peer communication network in which the nodes are equivalent or, better, equal. Different products will be able to interact and work together.The Bluetooth 5 standard also gives special attention to connection security. This is mainly done to avoid interference with other wireless devices connected to the network and thus facilitate the use of IoT applications.By 2023, there will be over 30 billion Bluetooth-enabled devices worldwide, with a growing percentage destined for IoT applications.Atmosic, with its RF CMOS design, focuses on a vision of low-power IoT applications that might not even have batteries, thereby avoiding problems related to battery life.Dropping batteries will have a strong impact on costs and maintenance (Figure 1). The growth and evolution of Bluetooth systems is surely linked to the growth leading to the IoT industry in these years and in the coming years.Figure 1: improvement in battery life with Bluetooth 5 [Source: Atmosic] Figure 3: Atmosic technology [Source: Atmosic] By using their energy harvesting solution, the system can generate several tens of milliwatts with an efficiency of 30 to 40 percent, excluding the loss of the RF path.Various parameters must be evaluated, which can decide the performance of an RF energy harvesting project. Critical parameters such as efficiency, sensitivity, operating distance, and output power are defined as the standard for making relative comparisons. The Q factor is generally defined as a dimensionless value that describes how strong the resonance is. Each antenna has its optimal operating frequency, precisely known as the resonance frequency. The latter is determined by the capacitance and inductance characteristics of the antenna. The capacity and inductance of an antenna are functions of the frequency and physical size of the antenna itself. The larger the antenna size, the lower the resonance frequency. The bandwidth of an antenna is the frequency range in which the antenna can work efficiently. Narrowband antennas offer excellent conversion efficiencies but can only recover a limited amount of energy.Energy harvesting can use several environmental sources and provides an unlimited operational life for low power equipment, thus eliminating the need to replace batteries which is expensive and impractical in many IoT applications. The possibility of radiofrequency energy harvesting therefore offers space to the general concept of collecting RF energy from both internal and external environment, of any characteristic in the range of radio frequencies and in the energy range whose limits are set only by the natural threshold of thermal noise and the performance of the collection device.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times:”The Next Wave of IoT Bluetooth Devices Might Not Have Batteries.” The Atmosic M2 series solutions are compliant with the Bluetooth 5 standard and improved with low-power radio and Wake Up on-demand technologies to require 10 to 100 times less power. The M3 series Atmosic solutions have added controlled energy harvesting that allows operation without batteries, thus ensuring battery life or battery-free operation forever (Figure 2 and 3). Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT, Wireless last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. BRUSSELS — The upshot of AutoSens 2019 held here was that there’s no shortage of technology innovation, as tech developers, Tier 1’s and OEMs are still in a hunt for “robust perception” that can work under any road conditions — including night, fog, rain, snow, black ice, oil and others.Although the automotive industry has yet to find a single silver bullet, numerous companies pitched their new perception technologies and product concepts.Cruise' latest test vehicle that started to roll off the GM production line is loaded with sensors, as indicated here in red. (Source: Cruise)Cruise’ latest test vehicle that started to roll off the GM production line is loaded with sensors, as indicated here in red. (Source: Cruise) At this year’s AutoSens in Brussels, assisted driving (ADAS), rather than autonomous vehicles (AV), was in sharper focus.Clearly the engineering community is no longer in denial. Many acknowledge that a big gap exists between what’s possible today and the eventual launch of commercial artificial intelligence-driven autonomous vehicles — with no human drivers in the loop.Just to be clear, nobody is saying self-driving cars are impossible. However, Phil Magney, founder and principal at VSI Labs, predicted that “Level 4 [autonomous vehicles] will be rolled out within a highly restricted operational design domain, [and built on] very comprehensive and thorough safety case.” By “a highly restricted ODD,” Magney said, “I mean specific road, specific lane, specific operation hours, specific weather conditions, specific times of day, specific pick-up and drop-off points, etc.”Asked if the AI-driven car will ever attain “the common sense understanding” — knowing that it is actually driving and understanding its context, Bart Selman, a computer science professor at Cornell University who specializes in AI, said at the conference’s closing panel: “It will be at least 10 years away…, it could be 20 to 30 years away.”Meanwhile, among those eager to build ADAS and highly automated cars, the name of the game is in how best they can make vehicles see.The very foundation for every highly automated vehicle is “perception” — knowing where objects are, noted Phil Koopman, CTO of Edge Case Research and professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Where AVs are weak, compared to human drivers, is “prediction” — understanding the context and predicting where the object it perceived might go next, he explained.Moving smarts to the edge Adding more smarts to the edge was a new trend emerging at the conference. Many vendors are adding more intelligence at the sensory node, by fusing different sensory data (RGB camera + NIR; RGB + SWIR; RGB + lidar; RGB + radar) right on the edge.However, opinions among industry players appear split on how to accomplish that. There are those who promote sensor fusion on the edge, while others, such as Waymo, prefer a central fusion of raw sensory data on a central processing unit.With the Euro NCAP mandate for the Driver Monitoring System (DMS) as a primary safety standard by 2020, a host of new monitoring systems also showed up at AutoSens. These include systems that monitor not only drivers, but passengers and other objects inside a vehicle.A case in point was the unveiling of On Semiconductor’s new RGB-IR image sensor combined with Ambarella’s advanced RGB-IR video processing SoC and Eyeris’ in-vehicle scene understanding AI software.NIR vs SWIR The need to see in the dark — whether inside or outside a vehicle — indicates the use of IR.While On Semiconductor’s RGB-IR image sensor uses NIR (near infrared) technology, Trieye, which also came to the show, went a step further by showing off a SWIR (short wave-based infrared) camera.Click here for larger imageWhat is short-wave infrared (SWIR)? (Source: Trieye)What is short-wave infrared (SWIR)? (Source: Trieye) SWIR’s benefits include its ability to see objects under any weather/lighting conditions. More important, SWIR can also identify a road hazard — such as black ice — in advance, since SWIR can detect a unique spectral response defined by the chemical and physical characteristics of each material.The use of SWIR cameras, however, has been limited to military, science and aerospace applications, due to the extremely high cost of the indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) used to build it. Trieye claims it has found a way to design SWIR by using CMOS process technology. “That’s the breakthrough we made. Just like semiconductors, we are using CMOS for the high-volume manufacturing of SWIR cameras from Day 1,” said Avi Bakal, CEO and co-founder of Trieye. Compared to InGaAs sensor that costs more than $8,000, Bakal said that a Trieye camera will be offered “at tens of dollars.”Click here for larger imageSWIR Camera Stripped (Source: Trieye)SWIR Camera Stripped (Source: Trieye) Lack of annotated data One of the biggest challenges for AI is the shortage of training data. More specifically, “annotated training data,” said Magney. “The inference model is only as good as the data and the way in which the data is collected. Of course, the training data needs to be labeled with metadata and this is very time consuming.”AutoSens featured lively discussion about the GAN (generative adversarial networks) method. According to Magney, in GAN, two neural networks compete to create new data. Given a training set, this technique reportedly learns to generate new data with the same statistics as the training, for example, is using deep learning to enhance automation for annotating data, to accelerate the tedious process of data labeling.In a lecture at AutoSens, Koopman also touched on the arduous challenges in annotating data accurately. He suspects that much data remains unlabeled because only a handful of big companies can afford to do it right.Indeed, AI algorithm startups attending the show acknowledged the pain that comes with paying third parties for annotating data.center_img Continue Reading Previous Murata’s ultra-small SAW devices address the needs of 5GNext Silicon Labs introduces broad portfolio of automotive grade timing solutionslast_img read more

first_imgDubai, Jun 27 (PTI) Korea overwhelmed Argentina 54-25 to set up a semifinal date with India, while Pakistan also made the cut in the Kabaddi Masters here today. Pakistan proved too hot for African giants Kenya as they raced to a 42-20 victory in the second match of the day at the Al Wasl Sports Complex here. Korea and Pakistan finished with two wins each to finish second in their respective groups. Both the semifinals will be held here on June 29. Pakistan led 22-7 at halftime and held on to their lead to seal the issue with a solid defence and attack. Kashif Razzaq stood out in the defence with five tackle points. Earlier, Korea geared up to their tough semifinal outing against India on a high with an easy 54-25 win over Argentina. The Latin American nation matched Korea in the first 10 minutes but could not keep up with the tempo to finish their campaign in the six-nation kabaddi meet without a single win. Korean raiders were too strong as they scored to combine 36 raid points while their defence scored 11 tackle points. Argentina’s defence could score just eight tackle points and relied on Nahuel Villamayor who scored 10 raid points. The meet is being organised by the International Kabaddi Federation in partnership with Star India Pvt Ltd and Dubai Sports Council. Semifinal lineups: Iran v Pakistan (8pm IST); India v Korea (9pm IST). PTI TAP ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgSpain were knocked out in the round of 16 by a 4-2 (1-1) penalty shootout shock defeat to hosts Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.With the win Russia qualified for the round of 16 as Koke and Lago Aspas missed their attempts for Spain while the Russians converted their first four spot kicks.Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich’s own goal in the 12th minute opened Spain’s account before Artem Dzyuba struck in the 41st minute to equalise.Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved Iago Aspas’ spot kick with his foot to trigger wild celebrations all over Russia.MATCH – HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”In the second half, we were trying to defend. We were hoping for penalties and that’s what happened, thank God,” Akinfeev said. “We are having a fantastic World Cup.”This is how Twitter reacted:Ranking is just a number when #Russia took on #Spain it was a battle of equals the #Russains lived the dreams of 114 million hearts, what a win Huge, we can celebrate Goalkeepers Day #Worldcup2018Russia #Football Menezes (@menezeshenry) July 1, 2018Crazy to think that one of these 9 will be in the World Cup final:Russia????Croatia????Denmark????Switzerland????Sweden????England??????????????Colombia????Just as crazy that:Germany????Argentina????Portugal????Spain????have already gone home…What a WILD #WorldCupTom Hutchinson (@THutchinson29) July 1, 2018Out of #WorldCupGermany ?Spain ?Argentina ?Portugal ? Jokes (@Footy_JokesOG) July 1, 2018VAR officials for that penalty decision on Ramos/Pique”Didn’t look like a penalty to me””I didn’t see a penalty””No penalty””I see nothing wrong”#ESPRUS #SPARUS #WorldCup Of The Kop (@_RoarOfTheKop_) July 1, 2018Russia’s goalkeeper knocks out Spain from penalties by his foot #ESPRUS #RUS #WorldCup (@__chadders__) July 1, 2018FIFA.., I Don’t Feel So Good..!#ESPRUS #WorldCup #SPNRUS #ESP Babu (@Akhil7Cena) July 1, 2018#RUS does it. UN. REAL. #WorldCup Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 1, 2018Portugal out – Ronaldo outArgentina Out – Messi outSpain out – Rest of LaLiga outI’m thinking – what would India do for the rest of the world cup!?#WorldCupSiddharth Mishra (@Mirror_ur_self) July 1, 2018An era. Goodbye and thank you Andrés Iniesta?? #SPARUS #WorldCup Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) July 1, 2018last_img read more

first_imgEmil Forsberg’s goal gave Sweden a valuable 1-0 win against Switzerland in the Round of 16 match on Tuesday, sending the Swedes through to the World Cup quarter-finals.Sweden have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1994, when the team reached the semifinals.This is also the first time since 1958 that the European nation won back-to-back matches in a World Cup. In their previous match they had defeated Mexico 3-0 in the Group F match.Forsberg’s goal was scored on his 14th shot in this World Cup. No player in this edition has had more without scoring.HIGHLIGHTSThe match against Switzerland was Sweden’s 50th at the World Cup finals. Only Mexico (57) have have played more matches than them without ever winning the tournament.Forsberg goal came in the 66th minute through a deflection as Sweden booked a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years.After getting past Granit Xhaka, Forsberg didn’t get much power behind his shot from the edge of the area and it was likely heading straight for Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer. However, it took a deflection off the foot of center back Manuel Akanji and bounced up and into the net.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThis was another opportunity spurned by the Swiss, who have reached the last 16 in four of the last five World Cups only to be eliminated without scoring a goal. They haven’t scored in a knockout game in soccer’s biggest tournament in 64 years, when they last reached in the quarterfinals at home in 1954.advertisementThey finished the game with 10 men after right back Michael Lang was sent off in stoppage time for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson. The referee initially awarded a penalty kick but later gave a free kick on the edge of the area after a video review.Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point.Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.The Swedes were limited but played to the strengths that got them past Italy in the two-leg World Cup playoff and to the top of a group containing defending champion Germany, Mexico and South Korea. Their long balls forward caused panic and they were more bullish in their tackling in midfield.The Swiss certainly weren’t playing like a team ranked No. 6 in the world and with only one loss in their previous 25 games. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

first_imgEngland defeated Colombia 4-3 in a shootout to set up a quarter-final against Sweden in World Cup 2018.Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert for Colombia as Eric Dier slotted home the winning penalty for EnglandIt was the first time Colombia had been involved in a World Cup shootout and they took first blood when Jordan Henderson missed his spot kick – but for once fortune smiled on England.It is the furthest England has progressed in any tournament since the David Beckham era, when a golden generation of players exited the 2002 and 2006 World Cups in the last eight.Colombia vs England: HIGHLIGHTSEarlier Harry Kane smashed in a 57th-minute penalty, his sixth goal of the tournament, and England looked to be through until Yerry Mina headed an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time.Colombia’s hopes suffered a huge setback before kickoff when key playmaker James Rodriguez was ruled out with a calf injury and without him they took a defensive approach and never rarely threatened. England were always the more purposeful side but they lacked the key final ball and needed a gift to take the lead.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe South Americans had been getting away with blatant holding and wrestling at each of England’s many corners and the referee’s patience finally snapped when Carlos Sanchez hauled down tournament leading scorer Kane once too often.After four minutes of mayhem as the Colombians protested, Kane kept his cool and smashed in his third spot kick of Russia 2018.advertisementIn the stoppage time, England keeper Jordan Pickford made a superb save to touch wide a furious long shot by Uribe but from the following corner – Colombia’s first of the match – giant defender Mina rose highest to head in the equaliser and send the massed Colombian fans into a frenzy.Earlier, Emil Forsberg’s deflected goal gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland, sending them through to the World Cup quarter-finals.Both teams were wasteful in possession and guilty of the sort of poor finishing and unimaginative midfield play that had boos and whistles ringing around the St Petersburg stadium from as early as the 25th minute.Switzerland came into the match as the side with arguably the greater wealth of attacking talent, but their four shots on target over the 90 minutes told its own story.Sweden vs Switzerland: HIGHLIGHTSSweden had one attempt fewer on target, with the only difference being that one effort took a heavy deflection and wrong-footed Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to send the Swedes into the next round.The Swedes were happy to pack midfield as they have done for the entire tournament and shepherd the Swiss down the wings, surrendering possession while looking to pinch a goal on the counter.Both teams had opportunity to open the scoring in the first-half but none of them could capitalise.Marcus Berg forced a fine save from Sommer in the 27th minute while Blerim Dzemaili wasted Switzerland’s best chance when he fired over from 12 metres.The second half started in a similarly stultifying manner, with the game looking like it was inching inevitably towards extra time and potentially a penalty shootout.But it all changed in the 66th minute as Forsberg’s shot which was directed straight at Sommer deflected off Manuel Akanji past his stranded keeper.Switzerland sparked into life after going behind, but Sweden defended stoutly, making 33 clearances and nine blocks in total, while completing fewer than half the number of passes that their opponents did.England break penalty shootout droughtIt was for the first time that England won a penalty shootout in a World Cup match. They had lost all three earlier penalty shootouts.With Pickford saving Bacca’s penalty, he became the first English goalkeeper to save a penalty in a penalty shoot-out at a major tournament since David Seaman at World Cup 1998 against Argentina. Seaman had denied Hernan Crespo that day in Saint-Ettiene. But, Argentina won the match 4-3 on penalties.READ FULL STORY Kane sets new goalscoring recordWith his 57th minute goal against Colombia, Kane became the first England player to score in his first three World Cup matches. He’s also the first Englishman to score in six consecutive international matches since Tommy Lawton in 1939.Mina matches Paul BreitnerThe goal against England was Mina’s third in this World Cup. He has now equalled the World Cup record for most goals by a defender in a single World Cup, which was set by Germany’s Paul Breitner in 1974.advertisementThe stoppage time goal was also the 99th goal scored after the 90th minute in World Cup history. On the other hand, it was the first time England conceded a goal in the stoppage time in a World Cup match.Pickford’s homework comes in handyPickford said he had done his homework to try not to follow a succession of England goalkeepers to walk off the loser after a shootout.”I did all my research. I’ve got power and agility. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save and I was,” Pickford said.”It’s all about the set position and I got a hand to it. We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning.”Dier says England never panicked Eric Dier said England just kept calm and didn’t panic as his successful penalty helped England beat Colombia.”To get knocked down like we did is difficult to come back from it,” Dier said after Yerry Mina had equalised for the Colombians in stoppage time to force the match into goalless extra time.”We knew what we had to do and we stayed calm,” he added after the 4-3 shootout win. “We never panicked. We were ready for that.”Forsberg terms his goal the biggest of his careerSweden’s goal scorer Forsberg was on the seventh heaven after leading his team into the quarter-finals.”It’s the biggest goal of my career, one of the biggest moments in my career too. To experience this, to fire Sweden into the quarter-finals together with this group, it feels fantastic,” said Forsberg.READ FULL STORYForsberg’s goal was scored on his 14th shot in this World Cup. No player in this edition has had more without scoring.Swedish coach praises his teamJanne Andersson said his team’s work ethics has helped them reach the quarter-finals.”This team personifies the approach we all share – we work for each other on and off the pitch, and I’m incredibly happy that it’s paying off,” Andersson told reporters. The Swedes have now seen off Netherlands from their qualifying group, Italy in a playoff, Germany at the group stage and Switzerland in the last 16, leading to questions about whether other nations have underestimated Andersson and his men.”I think you’d have to ask everyone else that question. We know we are a good team, that we’ve earned our successes – we know how we got this far,” the 55-year-old explained.”We’ve worked this way throughout, we’re continuing the same way, and what other teams and countries think about that is not terribly interesting.”Sweden win brings an end to a 24-year waitSweden have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1994, when the team reached the semi-finals.READ FULL STORYThis is also the first time since 1958 that the European nation won back-to-back matches in a World Cup. In their previous match they had defeated Mexico 3-0 in the Group F match.advertisementThe match against Switzerland was Sweden’s 50th at the World Cup finals. Only Mexico (57) have played more matches than them without ever winning the tournament.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgJohn Isner continued with his winning run as he defeated Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-7(6) 6-1 in the semi-final to advance to the Atlanta Open final for the eighth time on Saturday.The win, achieved in just under two hours in Georgia’s sizzling afternoon heat, was a small measure of revenge for Isner, who lost to the same opponent in the first round of the Australian Open in January.Isner will meet fellow American Ryan Harrison in Sunday’s final after the eighth seed prevailed over Britain’s Cameron Norrie 2-6 6-3 6-2 in less oppressive evening conditions.Isner served 26 aces against Ebden, who appeared to be hindered by a sore neck and served 15 double-faults.”I benefited from my opponent not being 100 percent,” Isner said.”Of course Im very happy to be back I the final here.”Isner won his fourth Atlanta title when he beat Harrison in last year’s final.”I know a lot about Ryan,” Isner said. “There are no secrets there.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgThe 10.or D2, to put as succinctly as possible, is almost the same phone as the 10.or D. In fact, it’s lighter on a feature or two compared to its predecessor. For example, it lacks a fingerprint sensor. And that is surprising because the fingerprint sensor was one of the best features about the 10.or D. In the India Today Tech review we had said: “One of the top highlights of (10.or D) is the fingerprint sensor on the back, which is quite rare to see at this price point.”On Wednesday, 10.or (pronounced as Tenor), launched the 10.or D2 in India. The phone has been launched in two variants – the base model with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage comes with a price tag of Rs 6,999, while the high-end version with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage has been priced at Rs 7,999. The 10.or D2 will go on sale on August 28 exclusively on However, Prime users will be able to get their hands on the phone starting August 27 during the Prime early access sale. The 10.or D2 will be available in two colours – Beyond Black and Glow Gold.This is not a review. I have used the Glow Gold variant of the phone but only for a few hours for now. I am still trying to figure out the device, but there are aspects of it I can talk about.Considering the competitive price of the phone, with the 10.or D2 the company is looking to take on the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, the Infinix Smart 2 and the Coolpad Mega 5A. Compared to the 10.or D, the 10.or D2 is Rs 2,000 costlier and that I believe makes its job slightly tougher because people will expect more from it.advertisement The job of the 10.or D2 is also made more difficult because it is not all that much different from the 10.or D despite the cost difference between the two phones. The design of the two phones is similar, barring slightly thinner bezels on the 10.or D2 – the change of the bezels is minimal that it might go unnoticed. The other difference is that, and something I noted earlier, the new 10.or phone lacks a fingerprint sensor. Instead, it comes with the face unlock feature. I tried the feature and so far surprisingly – considering the affordable price of the phone – it has worked very well. It’s fast and unlocks the phone in a second or so.Basic designAs far as the design is concerned, the 10.or D2 looks very basic, similar to how many phones in this price bracket look. Look beyond the design, however, and you start to see some merits in the 10.or D2. The display, for example, is very good. I managed to watch a couple of videos on YouTube on the phone, as well as played Subway Surfers and found its screen has great viewing angles. This is something hard to get in a phone that costs Rs 7,000 or less so full marks to 10.or D2 here. The phone comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display, which has a resolution of 1440×720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.Another highlight of the 10.or D2 is that it runs near stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It comes with some apps from Amazon – like its shopping app, Amazon Prime and Amazon Music. This is an Amazon phone for all practical purposes. The bundled apps, depending on how much utility you have for Amazon, you will either like or won’t.The hardware inside the 10.or D2 is similar to what consumers got with the 10.or D, which is strange considering the new phone is more expensive. But probably the higher cost this time is due to 10.or spending money on a better display. The 10.or D2 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor. It seems good enough. In my few hours of using the phone, I didn’t find any noticeable lags or stutter while navigating between home screens or while switching between open apps. I also played Subway Surfers for a while, and it ran smoothly without any stutter or lag.Similar to the core hardware, the cameras inside the 10.or D2 too are similar to what was there in the 10.or D. The 10.or D2 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, which uses Sony IMX258 sensor. It is paired with an f/2.0 lens, and comes with single-tone LED flash. On the front, the 10.or D2 sports a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 lens and a LED flash. It supports various modes like selfie countdown and beauty mode.advertisement I clicked a few pictures to test the camera of the 10.or D2 and overall feel it is an average performer. The phone managed to capture spot-on colours and also details in outdoor scenarios. However, pictures clicked inside a room – even in good lighting – appear grainy, although they have good colours.Another surprise. The 10.or D2 comes with a smaller battery — 3200mAh — compared to what was there — 3500 mAh — inside the 10.or D. Right now I am not sure how the smaller battery of the 10.or D2 will hold up when the phone is used as a primary device. May be the 10.or D2 comes with software tweaks that will ensure that its battery life is comparable to that of the 10.or D even if the size of the battery of smaller. Or may the 10.or D2 has some other trick up its sleeves. This is something I hope to answer in the full review of the 10.or D2.Overall, I feel that the display of the 10.or D2 is fantastic, and its performance looks competitive. The price too has gone up a bit, though I will have to spend some more time with it to see how it compares with the likes of the Redmi 5A. Stay tuned for the full review.last_img read more

first_imgWomen and men may receive equal pay for work at Grand Slams but a double standard that surfaced at the U.S. Open when Alize Cornet was slapped with a code violation for changing her shirt on court continued to spark outrage over equality on Wednesday.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was in full damage control mode defusing a controversy that erupted on Tuesday after the Frenchwoman noticed she had put her shirt on backwards off court during a heat break.When she realised her mistake, Cornet walked towards the back of the court pulling off her top, briefly exposing her sports bra, before slipping it back on the right way round and drawing a code violation from umpire Christian Rask.Here’s the chance to redo your article about #usopen tennis dress code for women. Chair umpire Christian Rask punished Alize Cornet with a rule violation for unsportsMANlike conduct after she noticed her top was on backwards & made a decision to reverse it, revealing a sports bra, Inc. (@RauhmelFoxCEO) August 29, 2018The decision to penalise Cornet triggered a social media storm with many people labelling the umpire’s decision as sexist.Male players frequently change or remove their shirts between games and sometimes sit shirtless for extended periods of time in their chairs during changeovers.Cornet said she was surprised to wake up on Wednesday to a full-blown controversy and attempted to downplay the incident.”For sure, the women are treated a little bit differently,” admitted Cornet, who ended up losing her first-round match to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. “I think it gets much better, especially in the tennis.advertisement”I want to be clear about it and I didn’t take it that bad. I was just maybe disturbed for 10 seconds and that was it.”While Cornet accepted the incident with good humour and grace others were not so quick to forgive.”I believe that should never happen,” fumed Victoria Azarenka following her second-round match on Wednesday. “If I would say my true feelings, it would be bleeped out, because I think it was ridiculous.”It was nothing wrong. Nothing wrong. It wasn’t anything disrespectful. I’m glad they apologised, and I hope this never happens again.”Realising it had stepped on a public relations landmine, the USTA was quick to issue a statement saying the code violation was wrong while the WTA leapt to Cornet’s defence, labelling the penalty unfair.While Cornet was willing to extend the USTA an olive branch she was far less forgiving to her own tennis federation which recently introduced a dress code for the French Open that will ban Serena Williams’s black catsuit.”Everybody is working in the same direction,” Cornet said. “Then we still have some people, like the president of my federation that lives in another time.”What Bernard Giudicelli said about Serena’s catsuit was 10,000 times worse than what happened to me on the court yesterday, because he’s the president of French Federation and because he doesn’t have to do that.”This kind of person doesn’t have the work that we are all doing to make it more fair for women.”last_img read more