Portable navigation devices are letting users program alerts to prevent speeding tickets or highlight spots they may want to stop, displaying that information on larger screens. Garmin PNDs and handheld GPS receivers like the nüvi 200W now have sunlight readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display on units that measure less than an inch thick. The 200W also has enough memory to store points of interest that are useful beyond helping drivers find their destination. Fast drivers can set proximity alerts that warn them to slow down when they're nearing school zones and roads monitored by safety cameras. The 6-oz unit uses the STMicroelectronics Teseo GPS engine to quickly power up and provide accuracy down to two yards.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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