If you design machinery, you probably have to contend with tangles of industrial cables and hoses, carrying power, control signals, water and air. So you may have little sympathy for consumers who have to manage a few cords for their computer equipment and related gadgets. But look under almost any computer desk nowadays, and you'll likely see just how tough they have it. Power bricks jockey for position in crowded power strips. USB cables from all the peripherals form cable dreadlocks that fall behind the desk. In short, it's a mess. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, three clever solutions to cord clutter emerged. Two take a mechanical approach and one truly cuts the cords. To read about the products, click below:
Because of the increasing ubiquity of wearable technology, it would be easy to think that design of wearable devices is routine and involves common design and engineering knowledge. Missed efforts in development will be remembered once the devices are used in the field
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
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