Design News' senior technical editor Chuck Murray is in Las Vegas, blogging about the latest innovations and announcements from the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show. Be sure to check back frequently for his complete CES coverage.
CES COVERAGE Freescale rolls out 3-axis accelerometers Freescale Semiconductor introduced a family of three-axis accelerometers at CES that could see action in a wide variety of consumer products ranging from video games to laptop PCs to sporting equipment. Full Story Intel, Sharp demonstrate home technology The push toward home networking continued at CES yesterday, as Intel and Sharp demonstrated a prototype LCD television that links to a PC and to the Internet. Full StoryLose That Credit Card, Pay with Phone Tired of toting a wallet full of credit cards? The electronics industry may have a solution for you. Electronics companies at CES said they are working on a novel idea that would use existing technology to enable users to pay for items with their phones, instead of their credit cards. Full StoryTop Ten List Shows Vehicles Moving "from Embedded to Integrated" Personal mobile connectivity is creeping into a "Top Ten Wish List" for autobuyers. The list, part of a survey done by Gartner Dataquest, revealed that many car buyers are now thinking of connecting MP3 players and hands-free phone kits to their vehicles. Full StoryM'Soft, Ford Unveil Sync If you still aren't ready for e-mail and Internet browsers in your car's front seat, then you needn't worry. Microsoft and Ford Motor Co. officially unveiled "Sync" at the Consumer Electronics Show here this week, and despite early reports, the new vehicle operating system isn't about the Internet. Full Story ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Intel Expands Quad-Core PC, Server Processors Chip giant Intel Corp. has unveiled three more quad-core processors, including what the company says is the first to carry the Intel Core 2 Quad processor brand. Full Story on EDN.com
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.