Consumer Electronics in 2015: Building the Internet of Things
The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicked off a year that promises to broaden the scope of Internet-connected gadgets and deliver new ways of interacting with smartphones, automobiles and other devices.
Curved TV and Smartphones: Gimmick or Gadget Godsend?
Moviegoers have long been familiar with the benefits of viewing content on a curved screen. The screen's curvature equalizes the distance that light from the projector must travel, enhancing resolution and brightness while eliminating distortion...
Virtual Reality Comes to the Web—Maybe for Real This Time
Backed by Google and Mozilla, VR-enabled browsers and gear could soon immerse Web users in 3-D worlds
Facebook Puts Its Money Where Your Mouth Is
The social media behemoth buys voice-recognition start-up Wit.ai to prepare for the impending Internet of Things. Larry Greenemeier reports
SA's 2014 Gadget Guide: 10 Technologies That Boost Mobile Devices
More than ever, there’s an app for that (and that, and that). SA examines new devices that enhance smartphones and tablets
Wireless Gadget Recharging with Sound Waves
An efficient way to beam electricity through the air
Future Smartphone Could Fall Smartly, Too
Apple got a patent for a system to adjust your falling device in flight to minimize the damage on landing. Larry Greenemeier reports
Recycled Laptop Batteries Bring Light to Power Poor
IBM scientists in India developed an experimental power supply from reusable lithium ion cells salvaged from three-year-old laptop battery packs. Larry Greenemeier reports
How Do We Make Batteries More Powerful, Cheaper and Safer?
Future technologies demand batteries that do more work but run cool, so a major new push has begun to remake them. Patent pioneer Esther Takeuchi explains how
20 Vintage Gadgets from Scientific American Readers [Slide Show]
Those who responded to our call for images of obscure, obsolete devices did not disappoint. Here are our favorites
People Love Their Smartphones but Hate the Batteries [Survey Results]
Scientific American readers say smartphones have not replaced tablets or PCs, and still need better batteries, cameras and biometric security options
Shopping Habits Reveal Personal Details in "Anonymized" Data
Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal information.
Gestures and Eye Movements Will Control Cars
Carmakers are working on ways to let drivers interact with their cars using presumably safer hand gestures and eye movement in addition to voice controls and touch screens. Larry Greenemeier reports
Wi-Fi Wobbling Hand Gestures Could Control Home
A system called WiSee would interpret hand gestures as gadget-governing instructions for any connected device in a home based on disruptions in ambient wi-fi signals. Karen Hopkin reports...
Don't Treat Old Gadgets Like Garbage
E-waste is a large--and growing--problem that can be addressed by thoughtful disposal, David Biello reports