Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in January 2012
Fatigued Controllers Render Washer Useless
Made by Monkeys 
1/30/2012  26 comments
After watching the harness break off from the washer controller twice, this owner comes up with a ruggedized fix.
Time for Obama to End Timidity on US Tech Manufacturing Jobs
1/27/2012  81 comments
President Obama laid out a "blueprint for an American economy that’s built to last" during his election-year State of the Union address this week. Good. When do we start?
Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 
1/27/2012  24 comments
Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 
1/26/2012  39 comments
Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
HP Printer Is Baked Back to Life
Made by Monkeys 
1/24/2012  47 comments
The HP printer died. The owner found surprising success with a home-baked solution.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights EVs, Hybrids
1/20/2012  40 comments
Automakers at this year's North American International Auto Show unveiled a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting the efficiency of today's vehicles.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
1/19/2012  14 comments
As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
Why Are USB-A Connectors So Frail?
Made by Monkeys 
1/19/2012  57 comments
USBs are the most common PC connectors, yet they are also the most fragile.
Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing
1/16/2012  24 comments
New materials, not new processes, have made it possible to produce low volumes of high-quality, complex models, parts, and even complete products.
Multitouch Added to Resistive Touchscreens
1/16/2012  11 comments
Automobiles can now retrofit multitouch gestures to resistive-touchscreen designs by upgrading their controller-chips to Freescale Semiconductor's new Ready-Play solution.
Oven Door Is Not Child-Proof
Made by Monkeys 
1/16/2012  33 comments
If the oven locks for cleaning, why doesn't it have a child safety lock?
CES: Mercedes Foresees Progress in Batteries, Composites
Wolfe's Den 
1/12/2012  16 comments
While Mercedes-Benz and Daimler talk up their new mbrace2 in-car telematics platform, serious alternative-vehicle research is going on in automotive batteries and composites.
Case of the Shorted Signal
Sherlock Ohms 
1/11/2012  15 comments
Why does the printer work better when the power cord is warped?
Time Ticks Backwards on This Clock
Made by Monkeys 
1/6/2012  49 comments
Sometimes an appliance works great, but it just happens to work backwards.
Case of the Freezing Compressor Wires
Sherlock Ohms 
1/5/2012  7 comments
When the freezing temperatures in an ice cream storage room rise, you may have a sticky problem.
PCB Couldn’t Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
1/3/2012  22 comments
Sometimes when you fix an appliance, you're fixing problems that began in the design process.

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