Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
Features 1/29/2015 Post a comment When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.
Milestones in VR and Augmented Reality
Blog 1/28/2015 8 comments With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
Chris Wiltz 1/22/2015 3 comments Golden Mousetrap Lifetime Achievement Award winner Babak Parviz on his new gig at Amazon, the origins of Google Glass and the Smart Contact Lens, and why humanities, not tech, is the future.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 1/21/2015 7 comments The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 1/19/2015 7 comments At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 1/16/2015 4 comments A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
What Killed the Amazon Fire Phone?
Chris Wiltz 1/9/2015 16 comments Amazon's first venture into smartphones has lost the company $170 million. How that happened is a cautionary tale of over-engineering, failed amibition, and outright hubris.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
Blog 1/7/2015 Post a comment Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 1/5/2015 6 comments Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your vote and come back next week to see if your favorite project garnered the $6,000 first prize!
Supercars Go Hybrid
Automotive News 1/5/2015 8 comments Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybrid’s growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Video: First Store Staffed Entirely by Telepresence Robots Opens in California
Blog 12/19/2014 36 comments The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
What’s Next in Programmable Devices?
Guest Blogs 12/11/2014 4 comments Programmable logic has come a long way from the simple devices we started out with. Remember Programmable Array Logic, or PALs? But where will we be in the next five to 10 years?
Is the Ring the ‘Worst Product Ever Made?'
Blog 12/10/2014 13 comments The Ring -- an invention of a company called Logbar, based in Tokyo with its US headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. -- controls your personal devices, such as an iPhone, from your finger through gestures and Bluetooth connectivity. It surpassed its Kickstarter goal by several thousand dollars.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
News 12/8/2014 3 comments While most Americans were taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, 3D printer makers showed off their new systems, services, and materials at Germany's Euromold show.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Blog 12/8/2014 10 comments After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
YuMi -- a Robot for You and Me
Product News 12/4/2014 Post a comment Robotics company ABB Robotics has unveiled YuMi, a human-friendly dual arm robot that plays well with humans. The machine was designed for small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks.
Energy-Harvesting Switches Puts Energy at Your Fingertips
Product News 12/3/2014 7 comments Arveni is offering a smart batteryless switch that operates the radio inside with the touch of a finger. The switch can be used to create an intelligent lighting system in a home or office; the radio itself inside the switch also can be used as a common connection point among different smart objects in the home.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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