This dry-land fish swims to the music of connected, hand-held MP3 or iPod players and has a built-in speaker for operation without a headset. In addition, the unit has multicolored flashing lights and produces sound effects. Even without connecting the I-FISH, its face and tail light up and it wiggles to the beat of music when it is placed in front of a speaker. Depending on the song, the unit displays one of four music-based personalities — for example, country music soothes it. Touching the top of its head triggers a “fish song.” Analog circuitry provides the amplification for the speaker and for powering the array of LED lights.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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