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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in November 2013
Slideshow: Xbox One Teardown
Product News 
11/29/2013  22 comments
The iFixit team got its hands on Microsoft's Xbox One and promptly took it apart.
Windows Phone App Studio Gets Upgraded
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/29/2013  1 comment
Using the Windows Phone App Studio, users can create Windows phone apps simply using their IE10 browser.
My Opinion on the Internet of Things
Blog 
11/29/2013  6 comments
The idea of having everything connected to everything is quite intriguing and opens up a wealth of opportunities.
Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries
Blog 
11/26/2013  43 comments
Researchers at Stanford University are using a Terminator-like material to improve the durability of lithium-ion batteries so they don’t crack under the pressure of use. This tech is promising for EVs and consumer electronics.
Android Developers Can Seize the Day in Wearable Devices
Features 
11/26/2013  10 comments
KitKat plus wearable technology can be a powerful combination.
Select Reliable Connectors for Mobile Devices
Guest Blogs 
11/26/2013  6 comments
If you've spent any time looking for the right connector to use in a smartphone or other mobile device, you might believe that all fine-pitch, low-profile connectors are created equal. But they're not.
Get Smart About Your R&D Spend
Guest Blogs 
11/25/2013  9 comments
At the end of the day, it's the effectiveness of R&D spend that matters, not how much is spent. Take Apple and Microsoft, for example.
Manufacturing Is Officially Coming Home
Blog 
11/22/2013  26 comments
Manufacturers are investigating a new great location for their plants: North America.
Slideshow: Tech Toys for Aspiring Engineers
Electronics News 
11/20/2013  33 comments
From Tinker Toys and Erector sets to LeapPads and littleBits, we offer a short history of some of the best toys for aspiring engineers.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
Product News 
11/19/2013  12 comments
After seven (long for some) years, Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. The teams at iFixit and Chipworks got their hands on one and tore it apart for you, our faithful readers.
Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech
Blog 
11/19/2013  27 comments
A recent contest sponsored by the element14 design community and Adafruit Industries shows that designers are hard at work on innovations that integrate fabric and technology to create smart products.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
News 
11/19/2013  13 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Connect Your System to the Outside World
Product News 
11/19/2013  8 comments
Microchip has announced its 24-member PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity (EC) family.
Get to Know UL 1604
Guest Blogs 
11/19/2013  3 comments
We routinely field questions about UL 1604 and which products comply with it. Here are the answers to some of those questions.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
Electronics News 
11/18/2013  18 comments
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Quest Continues for High Power, Lots of Energy Storage, in Single Package
Features 
11/15/2013  3 comments
Someday, there will be a mass-market device that delivers both high power and long runtime in the same package. Right now, such a solution does not exist.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
Product News 
11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
Slideshow: Toyota's Automotive Aquarium
Electronics News 
11/13/2013  27 comments
What has four wheels, 800 gallons of salt water, and a talking sponge? That would Toyota's 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition.
Slideshow: 20 Great Technology Quotations
Electronics News 
11/12/2013  40 comments
Everyone, from JFK to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Matthew McConaughey, has opined on technology. From wise to funny to inaccurate, we offer a few of the most notable.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
News 
11/12/2013  9 comments
Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop nanoscale additive manufacturing that will use a variety of materials and material combinations.
Early Safety Consideration Speeds the Design Process
Blog 
11/12/2013  6 comments
Bringing safety into the design process early improves time to market.
Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
Blog 
11/11/2013  28 comments
Disney has developed a technology that can generate enough energy from the movement of a fingertip to light a string of LEDs or control electrical components on e-paper or printed materials.
Daylight Savings Foils Mouse-Less Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/8/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Bluetooth and Audio: a Great Combination
Blog 
11/8/2013  4 comments
Microchip recently released a development kit with the goal of simplifying design for Bluetooth-enabled smartphone docks and speakers.
Building Circuit Boards With an Inkjet Printer
Blog 
11/7/2013  18 comments
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a way to print conductive ink onto a piece of paper from an everyday inkjet printer, making it a cheap, fast, and reliable way to quickly create and test PCB designs.
Simulink Offers Easy, Graphical Programming for Raspberry Pi & Arduino
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/5/2013  4 comments
At the Open Hardware Summit, we saw that MathWorks' Simulink allows you to debug your model (embedded software) before deploying it onto hardware.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 comments
The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
Slideshow: Robots Turn Housekeepers
Blog 
11/4/2013  28 comments
Companies such as iRobot and Toyota have developed robotic helpers that not only assist with household chores, but also serve as robotic companions.
Add Touch to a Smartphone or Mini Tablet
Blog 
11/4/2013  10 comments
To simplify the design of touch-based products, Atmel has developed the mXT640T, mXT336T, and mXT224T touchscreen controllers.
Video: BlinkScan Captures Multiple Images at Once
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/1/2013  3 comments
BlinkScan's software makes the latest desktop scanner stand out. Unlike other scanners, this one can crop and straighten images of documents automatically.




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Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
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