Robotic race cars make clever use of software and infrared optics to follow lines slyly hidden on the track. Leland Teschler, Executive Editor The Overdrive starter kit we analyzed contains sections of track that can go together in various ways and can even include jumps. An interesting feature of the track is that its sections […]
Chest-mounted electronics do a more accurate job of counting heart beats than do optical sensors on the wrist. That’s one of the conclusions to come out of a close look at this sport watch aimed at runners. Leland Teschler Executive Editor A sport watch from Garmin called the Forerunner 220 is basically a runner’s watch […]
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A new LED bulb from the furniture maker Ikea of Sweden comes with its own remote controller which mounts to the wall and uses Bluetooth to switch the bulb on and off, adjust bulb color temperature and dimming level. One interesting point about the bulb: It uses two separate strings of LEDs, apparently as a […]
The online retailer Amazon made headlines when it introduced a super-inexpensive smart phone from Blu Products in Miami called the R1 HD. The media splash arose because Amazon Prime members could get the phone for as little as $50 if they were willing to put up with seeing ads on the phone’s lock screen. With […]
How do you rig up an LED bulb so it works on the internet of things? That’s the question we try to answer in this teardown of a smart LED bulb and gateway from Osram Sylvania. In a nutshell, it is a tale of two different technologies with the LED bulb power functions built on […]
Amazon’s push-button-ordering gizmo could be a harbinger of things to come on the Internet of Things. But is it a hacker’s dream? Lee Teschler – Executive Editor firstname.lastname@example.org…
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You might say an electronic ice cube makes for a cool teardown – literally. Here’s what’s inside cubes that lighten up drinks. Lee Teschler Executive Editor Transparent plastic…
Executive editor Lee Teschler examines the circuit boards, principal components, and interconnection techniques of Google Glass in this teardown video.