Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in March 2013
Slideshow: A Day at the NY Auto Show
3/29/2013  14 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass recently spent the day at the NY International Auto Show. Here's a sampling of what he saw.
What Can You Do With 1 Trillion Frames/s?
3/29/2013  10 comments
If you’re in the Boston area on April 10 or 11, plan to stop by the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to check out our Design & Manufacturing New England show.
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
3/28/2013  19 comments
A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Raspberry Pi-Powered Projector Tells You How Fast You’re Riding Your Bike
3/28/2013  16 comments
The Raspberry Pi-powered speedometer was designed by Matt Richardson for nighttime bike riding.
Using Copper in PCB Design & Fabrication for Maximum Reliability
3/26/2013  12 comments
The military and aerospace industry has used heavy copper circuitry for many years, and it is gaining momentum in industrial applications.
Slideshow: Engineering Apps You Need to Know About
3/25/2013  22 comments
There are plenty of engineering apps on the various markets, and industry standardizing corporations are getting into the game. It's time to become familiar.
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Video: DropTag Gives Packaging & Shipping Information in Real-Time
3/21/2013  27 comments
The DropTag from Cambridge Consultants comes with a smartphone app that gives uses the ability to monitor package health.
German Student Creates Device That Harvests Energy From Air
3/20/2013  84 comments
A German university student has designed an energy harvester that derives energy from electromagnetic fields in the air to recharge small batteries and appliances.
Smart Basketball Analyzes Shooting, Dribbling
Electronics News 
3/19/2013  32 comments
InfoMotion Sports Technologies' 94Fifty can measure the arc and backspin on a shot, or the speed and force of a player’s dribbling.
Stringed Nano Beads Could Improve Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries
3/19/2013  16 comments
A team at the University of Maryland has created nanoscale beads of silicon that could extend the number of charging cycles lithium-ion batteries can go through by about 10 times the current design.
Renesas Launches Low-Power Microcontroller Line
Product News 
3/18/2013  4 comments
Renesas has introduced the first products in its RX210 series of microcontrollers designed to couple low power with high performance.
How to Transmit Light Instead of Electricity on PC Boards
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2013  39 comments
A new silicone-based material developed by Dow Corning and IBM promises to enable flexible, stable, and easily processable board-level optical waveguides for high-speed data transfer.
Slideshow: Y Combinator Hackathon's Prize-Winning Designs
3/13/2013  6 comments
Imagine sending an Instagram to your Internet toaster and printing it -- on whole wheat or white bread. Imagine creating your own vision for a variant of Google's Project Glass.
Opto 22 Develops Tool to Build Mobile Automation, Monitoring & Control Interfaces
3/11/2013  11 comments
Automation and control system provider Opto 22 is readying the release of a new tool that will allow engineers to build and deploy mobile, web-based automation, monitoring, and control interfaces for a variety of device platforms regardless of operating system.
Benefits of Direct Charging Design in Wireless Power
Guest Blogs 
3/8/2013  7 comments
Wireless power circuits offer benefits for portable devices, such as cellphones.
Slideshow: Vending Machines Undergo a Complete Overhaul
3/7/2013  10 comments
Exciting changes are coming to vending technology, from telematics and new user interfaces to mobile payments and high-precision automation. Coke, Best Buy, and Starbucks are already on board.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronics News 
3/6/2013  53 comments
In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 
3/6/2013  40 comments
What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
Video: BallCam Puts Football Fans on the Field
Electronics News 
3/5/2013  32 comments
Football fans are about to get the ultimate view of their favorite sport, thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.
Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
3/4/2013  65 comments
The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends.
BlackBelt Wipes Data From Personal Devices
3/4/2013  21 comments
BlackBelt's DataWipe cleans mobile devices of all recoverable personal information, which is important when disposing of or selling a mobile device.

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