New manufacturing methods needed for 'soft' machines, robots
Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics.
The brain in the supermarket: Simple 'index strategy' helps consumers make choices
Say you're out shopping for basic household goods—perhaps orange juice and soup. Or light bulbs. Or diapers for your young child. How do you choose the products you buy? Is it a complicated decision, or ...
Researchers explore longer life cycle for batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a ...
Eavesdropping concerns in Samsung smart TVs (Update)
Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.
Researchers find that users do not get rid of their old technology when buying new and use more power
What Microsoft didn't say about Windows 10 is important to know
There's a lot to like about Windows 10, the next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But the tech giant has also worryingly left unanswered a lot of important questions about the software.
Light-induced generation of gas breaks open microcapsules and releases fragrances
Fragrances that are sensitive or need to be released with a time delay can be enclosed in microcapsules. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Swiss scientists have now introduced a new type of microcapsule that c ...
Wearable sensors gather lots of data—now to make it useful
It's not just about how many steps you've taken or how many calories you've burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do ...
TV of the future may be a sphere (Update)
The TV of the future may not be a rectangle, but a sphere.
Online homes becoming mindful members of the family
From door bells that scrutinize visitors to washing machines that know when you're home and lights that click off when you get in bed, houses are getting smarter.
Daimler gives look at autonomous 'living space' car
German automaker Daimler on Monday showed its vision of the driverless car, a prototype vehicle that allows four passengers to face each other as the vehicle finds its way.
Electronics show a window into the 'Internet of Me'
New technology is getting more personal. So personal, it is moving to connect and analyze our movements, our health, our brains and our everyday devices. Welcome to the so-called Internet of Me.
Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES (Update)
Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on—perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," ...
'Connected life' at the heart of CES electronics show
In the air, in your car, on your back—new technology at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show is showcasing the growing number of ways to live the "connected life."