Working in a cramped coach seat during a flight or controlling a distant PC while presenting in a large room pose different challenges, but they can both be addressed with the Air Mouse from Gyration. The mouse uses a 2.4 GHz RF link to connect to a PC up to 100 ft away. It senses movements in any direction without requiring a mouse pad or other surface, letting users in constrained areas hold the mouse in any position. STMicroelectronics’ MEMS 3-D motion sensors and 8-bit microcontrollers monitor movements. Identical technology is also used in a Music Remote for the home. It can transmit through walls.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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