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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in July 2012
Pepper Spray Catches Your Attacker on Video
News 
7/31/2012  36 comments
Using a healthy dose of modern-day electronics, engineers have created a pepper spray gun that automatically measures, shoots, and stops attackers, even when used by novices.
Autodesk Snaps Social Video Into Picture
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2012  15 comments
Reasoning that video has a key role to play in design collaboration, Autodesk is acquiring Socialcam, a mobile app and Web-based video capture, edit, and sharing service.
Ski Goggles Display Speed, Capture Video
News 
7/30/2012  15 comments
Skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers now have a real-time way of tracking their performance and capturing video, thanks to a new head-up display designed to fit inside a set of snow goggles.
My Wine Fridge Ate Its Fuse
Made by Monkeys 
7/30/2012  13 comments
The wine cooler looked great, but it wouldn't work. The fuse just wasn't up to its task.
Deconstructing Complex Semiconductors, Layer by Layer
Blog 
7/25/2012  4 comments
UBM TechInsights presents a free Webinar that shows how it uncovers the secrets within semiconductors and other integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
Modem Nearly Trashed Over Forgotten Password
Made by Monkeys 
7/16/2012  21 comments
To fix the modem, you needed a password. If you couldn't remember the password, you were told you had to replace the unit.
Slideshow: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Teardown
Blog 
7/10/2012  25 comments
Google introduced its first branded tablet, the Nexus 7, at its I/O conference June 27 with a price tag of $199, meaning it will compete directly with the Kindle Fire.
Corrupt Data Filled the Air Waves
Sherlock Ohms 
7/9/2012  14 comments
The answer to the problem of corrupted data was a room full of powered-up personal computers.
App Navigates Arlington National Cemetery
News 
7/6/2012  6 comments
The Army has developed an iPhone and Android app that links geospatial mapping of the cemetery's gravesites with tombstones photos and digital records of the people buried there.
Bioplastic Packaging Is Cheaper Than Cardboard
Engineering Materials 
7/5/2012  30 comments
Although bioplastic shipping containers may cost more per unit, they can be cheaper overall since they're reusable and can be recycled back into the supply chain in a closed-loop/reverse logistics setup.
Missing Magnet Revives Washing Machine
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2012  35 comments
A critical magnet -- that was not even indicated in the user manual to be part of the washer -- was missing.
Slideshow: Scenes From the Freescale Technology Forum
Blog 
7/3/2012  6 comments
The highlight of the recent Freescale Technology Forum was arguably the Tech Lab, which showcased the company's technology in use in real-world applications.
Do We Need Indoor Navigation Apps?
Blog 
7/3/2012  18 comments
Researchers claim to have developed a way to get a GPS position fix indoors, which might let shoppers' cell phones tell them about products in front of them, or help parents locate their children in malls.




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