Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in November 2011
Chevy Volt Battery Fires Arouse Investigations
11/30/2011  17 comments
Are the lithium ion (LiOn) battery used in the Chevy Volt and the car's charging stations involved in recent battery fires?
Engineer's Toy Becomes a Profession
Electronics News 
11/30/2011  46 comments
Paul and Carol Flack started Bridge Street Toys to resurrect the engineering toys he remembered from his childhood.
Video: Apple iPhone 4S Animated Teardown
11/29/2011  16 comments
Here's the video teardown of Apple's iPhone 4S from a Design News sister organization, UBM TechInsights.
Ghost in the (LG) Fridge
Made by Monkeys 
11/28/2011  28 comments
Whenever something breaks on this refrigerator, it somehow fixes itself.
Malibu Headlamp Replacement Necessitates Bumper Removal
Made by Monkeys 
11/23/2011  65 comments
If you want to change the headlamp on the Chevy Malibu, get ready to take apart half the car.
Autodesk Amps Mobile Sim With ForceEffect
11/21/2011  8 comments
Autodesk is expanding its palette of mobile design apps with ForceEffect, a free mobile simulation app for the iPad focused on simulating early-stage conceptual designs.
Would You Vacation With Your Customers to Build a Better Product?
Electronics News 
11/18/2011  26 comments
Do you trust your customers to help you innovate? For most design engineers, the public answer is most likely "yes." The reality, though, may be a little more nuanced than that.
Slideshow: Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Mini-Teardown
11/18/2011  18 comments
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet presented a tough packaging and assembly challenge, as revealed via this mini-teardown courtesy of iFixit.com.
Slideshow: CAE Goes Mainstream
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/17/2011  14 comments
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) features such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) are no longer arcane tools just for highly trained specialists. They're becoming accessible to mainstream engineers via inclusion in mainstream CAD programs.
Case of the Non-Magnetized TV Magnet
Sherlock Ohms 
11/17/2011  20 comments
Sometimes the most obvious component -- the one you would never check -- is the one that is failing the system.
Photovoltaics Evolve Amid Cost Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/17/2011  15 comments
The evolving solar photovoltaic (PV) market presents numerous challenges to design engineers.
Automotive Infotainment Grows Up
Automotive News 
11/16/2011  20 comments
The in-car PC is gone, but in-car connectivity is back – better and safer than ever.
Ford to Jog Drowsy Drivers With Lane-Keeping Tech
Electronics News 
11/14/2011  35 comments
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who say they've nodded off at the wheel, then Ford Motor Co. may have news that will jump-start your next moonlight drive.
Looking for Conflict-Free Smelters
11/11/2011  4 comments
The IPC is urging its members to use only certified non-conflict-minerals smelters once the certification program is up and running.
Slideshow: 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Preview
11/10/2011  14 comments
The 2012 International Consumer Electronics show has innovative designs of interest to mechanical engineers. Check out our CES slideshow.
Case of the Tricky Water Pressure Switch
Sherlock Ohms 
11/9/2011  11 comments
This Sherlock was a tad too quick to identify the problem. The penalty was $75.
Gadget Freak Case #198: Build a Remote Fan Control
Gadget Freak 
11/9/2011  11 comments
Andy Morris has devised a propeller fan remote control that doesn’t require line-of-sight, which makes it easier to use in the dark. The gadget comes with off/on, three fan speeds, and multicolored LEDs to indicate the fan’s speed.
Gadget Freak Case #198: Build a Remote Fan Control
Gadget Freak 
11/9/2011  2 comments
Andy Morris has devised a propeller fan remote control that doesn’t require line-of-sight.
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
When Mechanicals Outlast the Electronics
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2011  23 comments
Electronic touch screens and entertainment components will wear out well before the vehicle does. What do we do about that?
Slideshow: Garmin GPS Teardown
11/7/2011  7 comments
Design News' sister company, UBM TechInsights, examined the Garmin GTU 10, a relatively small GPS tracking device.
Military Radar Comes to Home Security Market
Product News 
11/4/2011  6 comments
Digital beamforming radar migrates from the military to the security space.
Dish Network DVR Pushes My Buttons
Made by Monkeys 
11/3/2011  23 comments
The Dish Network DVR/receiver is crawling with annoying bugs.
Smartphone's Next Role: Reducing Highway Fatalities
Electronics News 
11/1/2011  9 comments
Smartphones could reduce highways fatalities by running vehicle-to-vehicle communication applications.

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