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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in February 2012
Autodesk iPad App Animates Lego Dragon
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/29/2012  12 comments
Autodesk is teaming up with Lego to promote the benefits of animated 3D instruction manuals via a proof-of-concept iPad app that’s powered by the Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer.
Solder Blamed for Faulty Window Operation
Sherlock Ohms 
2/29/2012  27 comments
After an accident, the windows on the Honda Odyssey did not quite work correctly.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show's Concept Cars Roll Hybrid
Automotive News 
2/27/2012  27 comments
The 2012 North America Internation Auto Shows displayed concept cars from Cadillac, Lexus, VW, Chrysler, and other car makers, spotlighting electric and hybrid power trains.
Slideshow: Green Materials Expand Design Reach
Engineering Materials 
2/24/2012  23 comments
There are more green, sustainable materials in use now than ever before, and if some manufacturers have their way, there will be even more of them in the future.
Flawed Connections Need Careful Examining
Sherlock Ohms 
2/23/2012  17 comments
Sometimes the only way to identify an electronics problem is to get a good look at the situation.
User Interfaces Should Be Easy to Navigate
Mechatronics Zone 
2/21/2012  23 comments
The need to frequently "back track" out of confusing menus indicates a poor design.
ABB Cleanroom Robot Gets Small, Cheaper
Product News 
2/16/2012  13 comments
ABB's smallest multipurpose six-axis industrial robot now comes in a cleanroom version.
Modified Packaging Film Protects Machines
News 
2/14/2012  12 comments
When combined with an adhesive, a clear packaging resin usually used with food products can protect appliances and other machines during manufacturing and transport.
Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Blog 
2/13/2012  81 comments
During a DesignCon 2012 teardown, iFixit's CEO criticized Apple for replacing its Phillips screws with tamper-resistant ones.
Rewound Motor Saves Refrigerator
Sherlock Ohms 
2/13/2012  30 comments
Sometimes the real problem is hard to see. Sometimes the fix is even harder to see.
iPad App Provides On-the-Go Product Data
News 
2/10/2012  7 comments
Inforbix is leveraging its CAD and product data access technology to power up a free iPad app that lets mobile users search and access engineering data.
iPad Controls Flying Video Game
Engineering Materials 
2/9/2012  22 comments
The Parrot AR.Drone could form a design platform for machine vision and military apps with a little imagination and some hardware upgrades.
MEMS in Sports
Guest Blogs 
2/9/2012  23 comments
MEMS in sports is such a hot topic that MEMS Industry Group – a partner of Sensors in Design (part of Design West Summit) – will showcase it at next month’s conference.
MEMS Is the Word
Wolfe's Den 
2/7/2012  12 comments
Our Sensors in Design summit focuses on emerging applications.
Slideshow: 'Start-Stop' Hybrids Hit the Road
News 
2/3/2012  81 comments
Starter motors with automatic starting capabilities will hit the auto market in a big way in 2012. Within 15 years, every new vehicle could offer "start-stop."
Petroski on Engineering: Armchair Design & Analysis
Guest Blogs 
2/2/2012  25 comments
The tray table that folds in half for stowage in the armrest of an airline seat is something admired for its design ingenuity, but long cursed for its operational opaqueness and flimsiness.
Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 
2/1/2012  46 comments
The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.
Dehumidifier Saved by Oil & a Syringe
Sherlock Ohms 
2/1/2012  46 comments
Sometimes all you need to fix a broken appliance is oil and a willingness to take things apart.




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