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Gadget Watch: The desk that tells you to stand up

January 13, 2014 10:13 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Photos of the Day: 3-D printing set to break out of niche

January 13, 2014 9:23 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Photos of the Day: A self-righting, all-electric motorcycle at CES 2014

January 10, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor PDD | Articles | Comments

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.

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2-axis gyroscope optimized for optical image stabilization

January 10, 2014 10:48 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

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.

App Watch: Query your human network with Jelly

January 10, 2014 10:43 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Gadget Watch: Look around in Sony's video headset

January 10, 2014 10:22 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

Photos of the Day: Massive TVs at CES

January 9, 2014 4:37 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor PDD | Articles | Comments

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.

Engineering Update #40: Augmented reality contact lenses

January 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

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...

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Few 'wearables' balance fashion and function

January 9, 2014 11:20 am | by By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Gadget Watch: Case makes iPhone a BlackBerry clone

January 9, 2014 11:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

WakaWaka isn’t just for Fozzie Bear anymore

January 8, 2014 4:19 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

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.

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Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

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

Gadget Watch: The Internet-connected toothbrush

January 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

CES 2014: Qualcomm details their smart gateway platform

January 8, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

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....

CES 2014: Imagination Technologies' wearable device portfolio

January 8, 2014 2:20 pm | Videos | Comments

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....

CES 2014: ADI's HDMI and DSP development platform

January 8, 2014 2:02 pm | Videos | Comments

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.

CES 2014: Playing foosball with 3M touchscreen technology

January 8, 2014 1:51 pm | Videos | Comments

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.

650-V green mode buck switches offer high power efficiency with system design scalability

January 8, 2014 12:02 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

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

Your next TV: Will it be Ultra HD?

January 7, 2014 6:55 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

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 tech with an eye for fashion

January 7, 2014 3:57 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

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. 

Phones to TVs: The future of tech is flexibility

January 7, 2014 3:10 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

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....

CES 2014: Hillcrest Laboratories' motion applications

January 7, 2014 2:30 pm | Videos | Comments

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.

CES 2014: GreenPeak discusses the Smart Home

January 7, 2014 2:17 pm | Videos | Comments

At the ZigBee Pavilion at the 2014 International CES, Cees Links, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GreenPeak discusses the Smart Home and how GreenPeak's solutions can enable the connected home. GreenPeak Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company enabling the third wave of wireless data communication....

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