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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in April 2012
Self-Healing Plastic Changes Color When Damaged
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2012  20 comments
A new type of plastic changes color first to show damage from cuts and scratches, then heals itself when exposed to light or changes in temperature or pH.
Pushbutton Problem Blanks Dehumidifier
Made by Monkeys 
4/30/2012  21 comments
The dehumidifier came with pushbuttons that couldn't take the humidity.
Pinpoint Accuracy Used to Fix Projector
Sherlock Ohms 
4/27/2012  40 comments
After completely dismantling the projector, the power supply fix was simple but hidden.
Heat Pump Runs Hot & Cold
Made by Monkeys 
4/25/2012  13 comments
The smallest connector can cause major problems with a heat pump over the years.
MEMS in Sport Gains Speed
Blog 
4/20/2012  16 comments
Measuring human motion in 3D using MEMS sensors is becoming ever more important in modern sports.
Missing Bearing Breaks Garage Door Opener
Made by Monkeys 
4/20/2012  25 comments
What happens when the bearings are missing from the design of your garage door opener? You get a new one.
Touchpads Put In-Car Entertainment at Your Fingertips
News 
4/19/2012  26 comments
A tiny touchpad in the armrest or steering wheel of future vehicles could enable drivers to more easily communicate with a car's audio, radio, phone, or navigation system, thus reducing driver distraction.
Bio-Based Vinyls May Cost Less
News 
4/17/2012  26 comments
Vinyl compounds that incorporate bio-based plasticizers to make them flexible are equal or better in performance to their traditional counterparts based on petrochemicals, but may be more cost-effective.
Carmakers Keen on Turning Driver Distraction Into Features
Electronic News & Comment 
4/16/2012  50 comments
Automakers are adopting consumer interfaces that police drivers who text, dial, and surf the Web.
Refrigerator Is Hot to the Touch
Made by Monkeys 
4/16/2012  29 comments
When your refrigerator is hot instead of cold, you have a problem.
iPad Waterproofed for Naval Ocean Optics Experiment
News 
4/12/2012  7 comments
A Navy scientist found a way to use an iPad under the ocean’s surface as part of a recent optics experiment conducted by the Naval Research Lab’s (NRL’s) Oceanography Division.
Top Cars From 2012 New York International Auto Show
Features 
4/9/2012  24 comments
The 2012 New York International Auto Show showcased hybrids, electric vehicles, performance cars, and classic automobiles.
Broken Toaster Had Hidden Fix
Made by Monkeys 
4/9/2012  39 comments
After tearing apart the broken toaster, we found a simple control on the bottom would have easily fixed the problem.
'Google Goggles' Make Augmented Reality Personal
Blog 
4/6/2012  20 comments
Google is preparing to release new camera-loaded, data-processing eyeglasses that could advance the role technology plays in our personal lives.
Flexible Manufacturing Critical to US Innovation
Guest Blogs 
4/5/2012  12 comments
The US must continue to innovate to regain ground in sectors like manufacturing. But the formula for fostering innovation in several electronics sectors remains elusive.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
Blog 
4/4/2012  16 comments
Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Case of the Fried Solar Heater Controller
Sherlock Ohms 
4/3/2012  33 comments
The solar water heater quit working, but some handy debugging by Sherlock Ohms gave it new life.
Renesas MCUs Promote Precise Motor Control
Product News 
4/2/2012  10 comments
Using a new 32-bit microcontroller family, engineers may now have a more cost-effective way of delivering precise power control to products ranging from washers and dryers to solar inverters.




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