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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in September 2013
Microchip SoC Simplifies Design of Portable Products
Product News 
9/30/2013  7 comments
Microchip's new system-on-chip family could speed development of blood pressure monitors, lab instruments, power meters, and myriad other products by combining a 16-bit microcontroller with high-precision analog components.
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Guest Blogs 
9/30/2013  9 comments
Microsoft has agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. Two years ago, Google purchased Motorola's handset business for nearly twice that much, so it seems like Microsoft got a steal of a deal. Or did it?
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 
9/27/2013  30 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
TI Converter Simplifies Position & Motion Sensing
News 
9/27/2013  12 comments
Using a new twist on an old technology, engineers at Texas Instruments have created a better method for position sensing in applications ranging from automotive and industrial to medical and consumer electronics.
New Metals Could Foster Phase-Change Memory Devices
Blog 
9/27/2013  8 comments
Chinese researchers say a combination of metals could have potential for the next generation of storage devices, which will use phase-change memory instead of Flash memory.
Slideshow: Inside the Apple iPhone 5s
Product News 
9/26/2013  14 comments
The folks at iFixit.com got their hands on an Apple iPhone 5s and immediately dissected it. Here's what they found.
Microsoft's Project Spark Makes a Game of Creating Your Own Video Game
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/26/2013  5 comments
Almost all the young minds that play video games have wondered what it would be like to create their own, even if it was just changing something small in one game to make their experience better. Microsoft is making it happen.
Super-Slippery Coating Inspired by Carnivorous Plant
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2013  21 comments
A durable, completely transparent, super-slippery coating can turn regular glass into a material that doesn't stain, resists scratches, and repairs itself. It was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, coated with an ultra-slippery surface that slides insect victims into its depths.
Video: Shoe Inserts Harvest Energy to Power Devices
Blog 
9/24/2013  42 comments
SolePower's waterproof insoles can be swapped between different pairs of shoes, allowing people to store energy from their own footsteps through patent-pending energy-harvesting technology.
Slideshow: Wearable Tech on the Rise
Blog 
9/23/2013  23 comments
The trend of wearable tech is in full swing, and it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.
Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer
Blog 
9/20/2013  43 comments
It seems like everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
Video: 'Terminator' Polymer Has Potential for Device Design
Blog 
9/20/2013  18 comments
Imagine dropping your mobile device and not worrying about it breaking, because you knew the phone would bounce harmlessly off the floor -- and, even if it were damaged, could repair itself.
Wearable Devices Help Parents ĎGuardí Children
Blog 
9/19/2013  35 comments
Inspired by personal experience, a Taiwanese entrepreneur has come up with wearable devices that can help parents locate their kids if they wander off, and aid in the location of children before they go missing permanently.
New Dishwasher Canít Beat the Old One
Made by Monkeys 
9/18/2013  21 comments
The fancy new dishwasher was no match for the decades-old model.
Smartphones & Tablets as Remote HMIs
Blog 
9/17/2013  2 comments
New technology is offering an interesting and useful way to track critical plant production information.
Cable Box Caused Confusion
Made by Monkeys 
9/16/2013  14 comments
The new cable box came with a whole mess of problems.
ESD Affects People, Too
Guest Blogs 
9/13/2013  12 comments
Electro-Static Discharge, while not necessarily permanently harmful to people, is still a pain. When possible, a machine design should handle ESD to prevent discharge through people or other equipment.
Video: CSR Releases World's Thinnest Touchscreen
Blog 
9/12/2013  11 comments
Along with being extremely efficient and small, less than 0.5 mm thick, CSR's newest touchscreen connects easily to the latest mobile operating systems, such as Windows 8 and iOS7.
Slideshow: Newark element14ís Energy-Harvesting Challenge
Blog 
9/5/2013  10 comments
A battery-free carbon-monoxide detector and a heat-activated egg timer are the winning designs in Newark element14ís Energy-Harvesting Road Test Design Challenge.
Self-Timing Clock Makes Up Its Own Time
Made by Monkeys 
9/3/2013  33 comments
The clock that was supposed to set its own time didn't know what year it was.




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