Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in August 2012
What Is Embedded Vision & What Can I Do With It?
8/30/2012  6 comments
Our Continuing Education Center course on embedded computer vision will tell you why you need to consider embedded vision as a key feature of your system, as well as show you how to incorporate it into your design.
The Shortcut That Shorted Out
Sherlock Ohms 
8/30/2012  5 comments
Sometimes the effort to be efficient can lead to problems that keep repeating themselves.
This Isn't Your Mother's Iron
Made by Monkeys 
8/29/2012  43 comments
New irons are not like your mom's iron, which lasted forever. The new ones break even before the cord needs replacing.
Flexible Batteries Power Flexible Displays
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2012  18 comments
New materials for batteries can make them flexible and energy-dense enough to power displays on bendable, implantable, and wearable electronics.
Slideshow: These Robots Soar
8/27/2012  30 comments
Flying robots are generally small in size, but vary widely in design and purpose.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
Key Redesign Spells Trouble for Mower
Made by Monkeys 
8/23/2012  30 comments
Seems like the key to turn on a mower should be simple business. Not with this Black and Decker.
Teardown: BlackBerry Playbook LTE
8/21/2012  18 comments
The BlackBerry Playbook LTE is unlikely to reverse the current tide of negativity that comes with any news from the Waterloo, Ontario, manufacturer.
LEDs Need Circuit Protection, Too
8/20/2012  6 comments
Designers of LED-based systems may be glossing over one of the most important components, leaving their products susceptible to catastrophic failures, a circuit protection manufacturer said recently.
Microwave Door Latch Sticks at High Temp
Made by Monkeys 
8/17/2012  33 comments
When the summer heat enters the kitchen, you can't open this microwave.
Circuit Protection Can't Be an Afterthought
Electronics News 
8/14/2012  11 comments
Time-challenged engineers need to start thinking about circuit protection at the beginning of a project, not the end.
ABS Alternative Made of CO2, Palm Oil & Starch
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2012  6 comments
A team headed by Siemens researchers have developed a substitute material for ABS by making a polymer from starch, palm oil, and carbon dioxide.
Camcorder Needs a Good Smack
Made by Monkeys 
8/9/2012  36 comments
The Sony representative was surprised by problems with its camcorder. Online, customers were screaming that it needed a good smack.
Reshapeable Plastic Remembers Original Form
8/9/2012  5 comments
A new shape-memory plastic makes QR code labels look like Salvador Dali's famous floppy watch and could prove useful in product and brand protection.
Slideshow: Beyond the Mouse
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/8/2012  23 comments
New input technologies, from 3D mice to haptic devices, bring a new level of freedom, flexibility, and control to working with 3D design tools.
TI Chip Helps Calculate Human Body Composition
8/6/2012  11 comments
Engineers have devised a way to transform the home bathroom scale into an advanced body composition system worthy of a health club or doctor's office.
PLA Blends Perform Like Engineering Thermoplastics
8/2/2012  3 comments
New polylactic acid alloys provide up to 40 percent bio-based content, but their strength and stiffness rival standard engineering thermoplastics.

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