Smokers could inadvertently damage the laser-based sensor that reads disks on the popular Wii video game, the Boston Herald reported today. The problem surfaced after a new video game, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, was released last week in Japan. Super Smash employs a double-layer DVD that reportedly requires a higher level of reader accuracy. Wii has offered to clean consoles at no charge.
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.