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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.

  • February 2, 2015

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


December 19, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

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


December 11, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

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


January 16, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier

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

October 17, 2013

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