Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in July 2013
Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints
7/31/2013  20 comments
The Fiberio tabletop touchscreen detects fingerprints and other objects.
Computer Vision Enhances Crop Yield
7/31/2013  6 comments
Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have designed a system that uses computer vision to count grapes for an exact crop yield.
Codeanywhere Takes Software Dev Tools to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/29/2013  3 comments
Startup company Codeanywhere allows users to edit code online either on laptops/PCs or mobile devices as long as there is a connection.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Multi-Material Audio Speakers
7/26/2013  17 comments
A New Zealand designer has 3D-printed a speaker for his home audio system made with the multi-material Objet Connex 3D printing system from Stratasys.
Keep Prying Eyes From Data Storage
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/26/2013  9 comments
Cloud Guys Corporation makes a device that allows users to store and transfer data from a host of devices without the need for cloud-based or third-party services.
Test Center Speeds Development of Broadcast Equipment
Product News 
7/26/2013  3 comments
A new all-in-one solution offers a testing environment for many audio, video and multimedia applications, ranging from televisions and set-top boxes to broadcast receivers and automotive entertainment systems.
Scanadu Breaks Indiegogo Crowdfunding Record
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/26/2013  2 comments
Scanadu received funding for its Scout, a medical tricorder of sorts that monitors the user's vital functions in conjunction with a smartphone.
Take Your Social Media out to the Ball Game
7/25/2013  9 comments
Qualcomm and Major League Baseball Advanced Media have struck a deal to provide fans with mobile access, live video, audio stream, news, and up-to-date stats at ballparks.
Introducing a DIY, Open-Source Virtual Reality Initiative
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2013  8 comments
An open-source DIY virtual reality project from the University of Southern California's MxR seeks to produce a better HMD head-mounted display.
3D Print Your Own Analog Camera
7/23/2013  57 comments
Recently graduated design student Leo Marius has made an open-source working 35 mm analog camera with a 3D printer, and so can you -- he's posted all the files and instructions online.
Video: Interview With an Avatar
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/22/2013  13 comments
The idea of learning to interact socially is being tackled by MIT’s MACH (My Automated Conversation Coach).
Slideshow: Lexus's $10K Bike Hits the Streets in Japan
7/19/2013  46 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
eBay Unveils 3D Printing App
7/19/2013  12 comments
eBay Exact is eBay’s venture into the world of 3D printing. The site has teamed with Makerbot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pot Factory to make it happen.
Codename One Allows Developers to Create Apps Across a Spectrum of Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/19/2013  10 comments
The Codename One Java GUI development environment will let users develop and port apps across all mobile platforms.
Design Tools Simplify Load-Pull Measurement
7/19/2013  1 comment
Load-pull characterization is an essential tool for increasing the efficiency of power amplifiers.
Thermodynamics of Panel Cooling
Guest Blogs 
7/19/2013  6 comments
As manufacturing becomes more sophisticated, more computerization is being utilized. The problem with this scenario is that sensitive electronics are susceptible to the harsh environments in which they must operate.
Teen Develops Flashlight Powered by Human Hand
STEM Connection 
7/18/2013  16 comments
While other teenagers are out with their friends or playing video games, 15-year-old Ann Makosinski is inventing energy-harvesting devices that she hopes will make the world a better place.
Capturing 3D Images From a Kilometer Away
7/18/2013  9 comments
A new camera system developed by a group of scientists at Heriot-Watt can render full 3D images of objects up to 1 kilometer away with millimeter depth accuracy.
Google's One Today App Makes Donating Easy
7/18/2013  2 comments
Google releases One Today, an app that lets people easily donate to the charity of their choice.
Developers Get Early Release of Next-Gen Kinect Sensor
7/18/2013  4 comments
The vastly improved Kinect sensor will be released to developers this year, shortly after the Xbox One launch.
Favorable Economics & Strong Design Boost American Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
7/17/2013  5 comments
After years of off-shoring their manufacturing operations, companies are bringing long-shuttered US factories back to life.
Dexter Highlights Its DexTemp 1000 IR Temperature Monitor
7/17/2013  2 comments
The Dexter DexTemp 1000 MEMS temperature sensor can send alerts to users via SMS and email.
Multi-Touch Industrial HMIs
7/17/2013  6 comments
The industrial HMI is continuing to evolve with the addition of multi-touch capabilities that are now standard on smartphones and tablets.
YEI Technology Unveils Micro USB 3-Space Module
7/16/2013  9 comments
YEI Technology releases Micro USB 3-Space Module, the smallest 3D position sensor in its line of products.
MEMSIC Releases Ultra-Efficient 2-Axis Magnetic Sensor
Product News 
7/16/2013  4 comments
From smartphones to a new Citizen watch, the MEMSIC two-axis magnetic sensor is infiltrating the industry.
Books Come to Life With Disney's 'HideOut'
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/15/2013  7 comments
Disney research is using an advance augmented reality projection and detection system to create what is to become the norm in interactivity.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
GapSense Allows Communication Between WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/12/2013  4 comments
GapSense, a wireless network management software, will alleviate airway traffic jams caused by multiple-protocol devices operating in the same vicinity.
Ruinous Remote Sidelines Stair Lift
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2013  39 comments
A small and poorly designed remote control rendered a stair lift useless.
US Military Academies Ramp Up Training for Future Cyber Warriors
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/11/2013  3 comments
One of the hottest new jobs to be offered within the next decade by military recruiters will be rooted in cyber warfare.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
The Whirlpool Washer Was Trouble
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2013  33 comments
When the Whirlpool Calypso washer is working, it's a great machine. But keeping it working is the problem.
Dumb Design Darkens Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2013  46 comments
Poor design leaves this microwave dark and smelly.
Gadget Freak: Summer Lovin
Gadget Freak 
7/4/2013  15 comments
It's July 4, and that means summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
Building Out the Internet of Things With Printed Electronic Smart Labels
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  16 comments
Printed Smart Labels of various sorts can be envisioned for a wide range of products and use cases that weren't feasible before.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronics News 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
3D Printing & Printed 3D Electronics
Engineering Materials 
7/1/2013  19 comments
Combining a conformal printed electronics process with 3D printing in the same machine could speed up manufacturing, cut costs, and give engineers more design freedom. It's not that far away.

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Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
Even as an increasing number of instrument manufacturers migrate toward modern touch screens, many engineers say they still prefer the tactile feel of knobs and buttons, a new survey says.
Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated this week at Design and Manufacturing Philadelphia that heavy industry can reap big benefits from 3D printing.
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