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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in May 2013
Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order
Blog 
5/31/2013  25 comments
Makr Shakr works like this: People download an app to their Android or iPhone mobile device, then create drink combinations. The robot makes the drinks requested with assembly-line efficiency and graceful movements modeled on two professional dancers.
Micro-Sized Battery Promises to Deliver Power That Is Anything But
Blog 
5/29/2013  24 comments
The most significant and limiting factor for the immediate advancement of miniaturized electronics is the availability of a battery that packs a punch and is still tiny in size.
Bioplastic's Algae Content Raised to 51% for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
5/29/2013  19 comments
Bioplastic manufacturing leader Cereplast has increased the post-industrial biomatter content of its second injection-molding grade of algae-based resin to 51%.
Rebooting the Van
Sherlock Ohms 
5/27/2013  28 comments
Now that automotive electronics are as complex as a personal computer, sometimes they need a reboot like a computer.
Fuse Holder Mismatched to Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2013  17 comments
If the fuse and fuse holder don't match up right, hefty repair bills might follow.
We Know What the IoT Is, but How & When It Arrives Is Unclear
Blog 
5/15/2013  14 comments
IoT technology has become so prevalent that theres now a consortium based on the topic.
Do We Really Need an App for That?
Blog 
5/15/2013  28 comments
Huggies TweetPee sends a tweet to your mobile device when your baby's diaper gets wet. Is this necessary?
Alvaro GIANT: 84 Inches of Ultra-HD Multi-Touch Display
Blog 
5/14/2013  19 comments
As some companies try to increase the quality and functionality of high-definition touchscreens for miniaturized, mobile applications, others, like MyMultitouch, are blowing up the size of multi-touch displays to create a completely new way to experience the advanced technology.
Wireless Sensor for Devices Harvests Solar Energy
Blog 
5/14/2013  11 comments
Two Israel-based providers of electronics components have collaborated to provide solar-energy harvesting technology that can power wireless sensors so they require little or no battery power to operate.
How to Make Light Go Faster
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2013  21 comments
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
The Case of the Cantankerous Battery Cells
Sherlock Ohms 
5/10/2013  7 comments
At the battery factory, a number of things can go wrong, from lousy suppliers to oddball crimping.
The Membrane Keys Messed With the Dishwasher
Made by Monkeys 
5/10/2013  41 comments
Watch out for membrane key cables that won't do their job.
Voices Gives Illiterate Access to the Internet
Blog 
5/7/2013  19 comments
The Voices project is working to give people who can't read the ability to connect and collaborate via the Internet.
Power Glitch Tunes Out TV
Made by Monkeys 
5/6/2013  59 comments
All of the controls to this TV are in the remote. But the remote stopped working and the company doesn't offer a replacement.
Who Needs That Much TV?
Blog 
5/3/2013  21 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market. Is it really necessary?
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronics News 
5/2/2013  39 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say its unlikely to take hold in the US.
This Phone Upgrade Will Take You Down
Made by Monkeys 
5/2/2013  37 comments
The phone message suggested a software upgrade, but the upgrade took on a life of its own.




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