Neonode N1m (http://rbi.ims.ca/4915-541). This mobile phone is also a digital camera, video player and MP3 player with an unusual human machine interface . To get a large display for graphics in a 88 × 52 × 21-mm form factor, Neonode engineers used touch-screen technology to provide an on-screen keyboard eliminating the traditional keyboard. Designed for one-hand navigation, a thumb sweeping over and tapping the screen easily accesses all the features. USB connectivity allows videos to be transferred from a computer to the unit's 1 Gbyte SD Card memory. Power management circuitry in the unit boosts the Li-ion battery's voltage to the level required by the display and the backlight.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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