Remember the alien with heat vision in the movie "Predator"? You, too, can now stalk people in the jungle by their heat signatures — or check your home's insulation for leaks, whichever is most useful to you. FLIR Systems Inc. is launching its first consumer product, an iPhone jacket that contains a heat camera.
Sitting down all day is bad for you, or so doctors say. There's been a burst of interest in standing desks, but they're not that easy to use, and it's hard to motivate sitters to stand. Stir, a company founded by a former Apple engineer, says it has the answer: a table that will nudge you to stand, with a gentle, one-inch rise and fall of its surface.
Some of the oddest items on display this week at International CES gadget show were edible, origami-like sculptures made of sugar, their shapes so convoluted as to baffle the eye. The treats are one of many signs that we'll all be getting a taste of 3-D printing soon -and the phenomenon won't be relegated to the realm of engineers and tech enthusiasts.
The C-1 from Lit Motors was presented at CES 2014 as an all-electric, self-righting motorcycle, even though the enclosure makes it look more like a smart car. Using two gyroscopes, the vehicle is able to keep itself upright at a stand-still, and also provides greater stability during riding and the occassional bump in the road.
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new 2-axis gyroscope specifically optimized for optical image stabilization in smartphones and digital still cameras. Benefiting from compact dimensions of just 2.3x2.3x0.7mm, the L2G2IS can be easily integrated into the next generation of stabilized camera modules, where the dimensions of the components are critical. At a size 50% smaller than the previous generation by area and 60% smaller by volume, the L2G2IS still provides the high performance demanded by the applications and consumers.
Jelly is an app for when you walk by a tree and want to know what type of tree it is, so you snap a photo of it and ask your Facebook and Twitter friends. Jelly is an app for when you wonder if you should trim your beard, so you snap a photo of said beard and ask your Facebook and Twitter friends.
A virtual-reality headset from Sony almost puts you inside a video by allowing you to widen your view when you turn your head up, down or side to side. Sony's $1,000 "Wearable HDTV" worked as intended in a demo. But a few quirks made me believe it'll still be a while before we can really step into a recorded video scene and look around for ourselves.
Ultra HD televisions from TCL are one of many curved and massive-sized televisions present at CES this year. These new TVs may be the hip trend at CES 2014, but the real story is where the components of these mediocrely innovative technologies will lead us in the not-so-distant future.
In this week’s headlines: Wearable electronics take the spotlight at CES: Several companies are expected to unveil wearable computing devices at CES that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks, and cloud computing. An open-source platform for mind-machine melding...
Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages. Some brave souls are even donning Google's geeky-looking Glass eyewear. For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but also a risky one. No one really knows whether the average consumer can be enticed to make gadgets part of their everyday attire.
If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.
We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.
The December issue focuses on Test and Measurement and the challenges in the community when it comes to the push in the consumer market for faster, smaller, better electronics. The cover story focuses on predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices and is accompanied by a story exploring the options for reducing the effects when the systems do fail. The issue also featured our first OnDesign column by our newest writer Joshua Israelsohn who focused on Smart Grid technology.
The phrase “WakaWaka” is being thrown around at this year’s CES and there isn’t a muppet in sight. WakaWaka is a business venture that aims to provide high-tech and low-cost solar technology to developing countries and areas affected by natural (or manmade, they won’t ask!) disaster. The company hopes to end the global problem of “energy-poverty” as well as provide a way for people to charge their electronics during power outages.
I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program
Armbands that track how much you move have become popular ways to motivate people to get fit. But how fit are your teeth? Are you lazy about brushing them? Never fear: An inventor is on the case. An electric toothbrush senses how long and how well you brush, and it lets you track your performance on your phone.
Michael Cubbage, the Director of Business Development with Qualcomm Atheros, discusses the company's smart gateway platform, taking chip technology from the mobile part of Qualcomm. Their recently announced Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) enables a robust Smarthome platform....
Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies, discusses wearable devices and their technology that goes into and enables them. Imagination is known for creating and licensing market-leading processor solutions for graphics, video, and display....
Denis Lebrecque with Analog Devices discusses one of the company's latest announcements, their HDMI and DSP development platform for AVRs, soundbars, and other devices that incorporate high-performance audio and video. It is a complete development system.
Sometimes, technology can enable vital applications that benefit the future of humanity and raise the collective standard of life. And sometimes you play foosball. Here we are taking a little break, playing table football (that's the world's definition) using 3M's touchscreen technology.
Fairchild Semiconductor’s FSL306 and FSL336 650 V Green Mode AC Buck Switches offer burst-mode operation with the low available operating current (250 µA) that helps to reduce standby mode power consumption for increased energy efficiency. Power scalability from
After attempts to hawk 3-D and OLED TVs fizzled in recent years, television manufacturers are taking small steps toward making a new technology, Ultra HD, more viable for mainstream consumers. It's the first TV format to be driven by the Internet video-streaming phenomenon and at the...
Wearable technology can be a tough sell. It seems like most of the technology is forever fated to be hideously ugly and bulky. Most smartwatches look like a calculator strapped to your arm as if wearers just popped out of an old sci-fi flick. In order to deal with all the features necessary for the consumer market, the technology has grown large and awkward.
I would never dream of bending my laptop, camera, television, or any of the other electronic devices cluttering up my apartment. But LG’s G Flex Android smartphone, which the company is displaying at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this month in Las Vegas, is a curved device meant to be flattened....
Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Hillcrest Labs, demos some of the motion applications the company has been working on, and being the good sport he is, Chad even shows off his bowling "skills". Hillcrest Labs is the leading global supplier of software and hardware for motion-enabled products.