National Semiconductor announced today that it has entered the photovoltaic market. The semiconductor giant says it has developed new technology “designed to increase the effectiveness of solar panels under variable light conditions.” Called SolarMagic, the technology is said to recoup up to 50% of lost energy under variable light conditions.
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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