Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in January 2013
Drop Your Phone in the Sink – We Dare You
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2013  50 comments
What if you could actually drop your smartphone or tablet PC into the sink by accident, or into your plate of spaghetti sauce, and no harm would be done?
The Impact of Coding Over 30 Years
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/29/2013  21 comments
Over the past 30 years or so, coding has transformed the world -- from how it is built to the final software package. AutoCAD, C++, WordPerfect, and the Intel 8008 were introduced in 1982 and have shaped modern technology ever since.
3D Printing for the Home
1/24/2013  14 comments
Mcor and Up 3D USA are just two companies making great advancements in the world of 3D printing. Both are at SolidWorks World 2013 in Orlando this week.
Flexible Tablet Prototype Is Electronic Paper
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2013  35 comments
The PaperTab splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another.
Anagear's Low-Power Circuits Harvest & Save Energy
1/22/2013  15 comments
A Dutch company aims to change the way low-power electronics are designed by creating a separate component for power management to reduce the need for battery power in wireless sensor networks and other applications.
Cereplast Commercializes Algae-Based Bioplastic
1/21/2013  13 comments
Bioplastic leader Cereplast has successfully commercialized an injection-molding grade of algae-based bioplastics.
Slideshow: Top Technologies of 2013
1/18/2013  12 comments
It's a new year, and our sister publication, EE Times, has made a list of the overhyped/underexposed electronics technologies that are going to make a splash in the next 12 months. Do you agree?
CES Slideshow: The Next Big (or Little) Things
1/15/2013  14 comments
At CES, we found a sample of both small and big things on the show floor that might alter the consumer electronics landscape in 2013.
Slideshow: Gadgets Galore at CES
1/14/2013  12 comments
The Consumer Electronics Show curtain raiser, CES Unveiled, offered a glimpse at consumer market trends and how small and midsized companies are leveraging emerging technologies to create variations on current products.
Study: Service Robots Growing Faster Than Industrial Robots
1/11/2013  14 comments
The demand for service robots is outpacing the growth of industrial robots and will surpass industrial machines by 2021, says a new study from Freedonia.
Robots Rapidly Digitize Media Libraries
1/10/2013  11 comments
Technology has emerged that can automatically scan and copy entire books into digital media format.
Billboard Causes Computer Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
1/7/2013  24 comments
A brightly lit billboard was causing one company's computers to crash earlier each night. Sherlock is on the case.
Teardown: Fitbit Zip Packs Lots of Functionality Into Small, Water-Tight Package
1/4/2013  12 comments
The change in processor architecture and radio led to some design challenges.
Top Design News Articles of 2012
1/3/2013  7 comments
Before we put the shackles on 2012, we thought you'd like to know which articles garnered the most interest last year.

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Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
Even as an increasing number of instrument manufacturers migrate toward modern touch screens, many engineers say they still prefer the tactile feel of knobs and buttons, a new survey says.
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