Rob Spiegel is a senior editor at Desgin News. He has been writing about technology for a couple decades. He served as senior editor at Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has served as contributing editor at Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and EDN. He has covered environmental issues for Design News for the past 10 years.
His articles have appeared in Logistics Management, Upside, Supply Strategy, Line 56, Rolling Stone, and True Confessions. He teaches journalism part time at the University of New Mexico, and he is the founding publisher of Chile Pepper magazine.
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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