Today’s Wall Street Journal tells the story of Eubiq, a start-up company that has developed a system that places an electrical outlet where you want it, whenever you want it there. In a sense, Eubiq is like a track lighting system for your walls. It uses a specially-designed electrical socket that fits in a channel (called a Powertrack) that runs along walls, atop desks, or within the confines of furniture. See how it works at the Eubiq site.
Five years ago, optical heart rate tracking seemed like an obvious successor to the popular chest straps used by many fitness buffs, but the technology has faced myriad engineering challenges on its way to market acceptance.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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