List and Description of the Latest Electronics

Technology is changing so quickly and rapidly nowadays that you every now and then you would get to know there are new electronic products in the market. The models keep on changing in every few months and not only that there are many diversions in the product category. There are a few top new electronic items list below which I think are very interesting gadgets for consumers today. They might not be very new but for me these are the best of the lot.

MP4 Player watches:

This is a new introduction in the electronics market. This is a wrist watch which has got 1 GB memory and many fabulous features which are wide screen, movie player, FM- radio, Speakers and many other interesting things. This gadget is definitely a must have as it is one of the coolest things to play your favorite music whenever you want.

MP3 Player Pens:

This MP3 player is another incredible revolution which you would love to know about. You can play various kinds of music which are in formats of MP3, WMA, and WAV. There is extremely high quality recording voice option and it also supports USB 2.0. It is mostly known for its defining quality which is being loved by consumers today.

MP3 Player in Sunglasses:

Another fabulous new electronic in the market are sunglasses which have got MP3 player along with Bluetooth. There is some removable clip through which you can make your sunglasses into MP3 Player. You can easily play music of MP3, WMA and WAV formats.

You can also connect it to your PC through the USB in order to download or upload music. So are you ready to move all your music files on your computer into your sunglasses?

Lighter with Camera:

This is one of the spy gadgets in town. It is designed in the form of a lighter but actually contains a mini camera used for spying purposes. It can capture and hold around 100 pictures. So all you have to do is flip open the lighter, capture a photo and then close it down.

Fascinating Torch:

It is one of the effective torches light for any use. All you need to do it shake the torch for around 30 seconds and it will light up for almost 5 minutes. You would never need to replace it parts and do not even have to worry about the failing batters. Without too much trouble you can keep the torch with LED light and can even take it into water.

Embedded GUI Design – Photoshop Can Help

It is always impressive to experience a really “slick” user interface. A truly graphical user interface (GUI) should indeed be pleasant and appealing at first sight. Not all that many years ago we were content with electronic devices with cryptic displays that had little to no graphics; we just wanted the new, novel device to be functional.

But, as time has pushed us forward, our society has become familiar with, and, it is quite clear, dependent upon embedded electronic devices such as cell phones, personal assistants, and your friendly automotive dashboard. “Functional” is no longer enough.

In the world of the desktop computer it is unheard of to not have a “pretty” graphical user interface. In the world of embedded devices pretty GUIs (pronounced “Gooeys”) had been harder to come by. However, the end product audience, you and I, no longer accept a mediocre display on our technological wonders. (We definitely don’t in our games, but that is a whole other story!)

Fortunately, some vendors in the embedded device market had seen that there was not only a need to help graphic designers and engineers work more closely together in the embedded product design world, but that there was an inevitable merger of the two disciplines. One such company in the embedded GUI market, Tilcon, has recently introduced a new version of their GUI design system that substantially reduces the time it takes to make a professional and pretty GUI.

In the embedded graphics world there is the concept of a “virtual” interface. A display, for instance, on the dashboard of your car, might show several meters showing speed and tachometer readings, a bar graph for temperature, a variety of “idiot” lights and even touch-screen controlled buttons. You are shown information in real-time as it is communicated to the display from the many microprocessors throughout the vehicle.

These entities used to be real physical entities, and now they are painted on the screen by the GUI system. In the GUI world these virtual objects are called “widgets.” These “widgets” are painstakingly crafted by graphic artists to appear as real as possible.

Every embedded product GUI design is ultimately a work of aesthetics. To sell in a competitive world, the device must fit into the flow of the overall product team’s conceptual goals. Usually the GUI team creates a “basic” widget set and then has to painstakingly work with individual artistic renderings to write code to recreate the image, or perhaps to import every picture and element. By whatever process, it is no small feat.

Tilcon has elevated the efficiency of the embedded GUI design process to a new level with its recent Adobe Photoshop integration. In the Tilcon GUI system, a basic set of widgets are supplied as standard. The embedded designer simply drags and drops the desired widgets on the screen as needed. Once the screen design is complete, the user simply hits the export button and out pops a Photoshop file. This file creates all the layers needed by a Photoshop-based designer to begin the artistic process of “branding” and creating the desired look and feel of the end product.

The exciting part of this process, for those of you that are familiar with Photoshop, is that every single widget object is exported into its own “layer,” and the layers are laid out in Photoshop “groups.” If a “button” widget has one image when “on” and another for “off,” each state will have its own layer created. This PSD file is delivered directly to the graphic designer. The artist goes to work in parallel with the embedded GUI engineer. Every single item can be hand crafted inside the Adobe toolset, and upon completion, the final file is delivered to the engineer, who simply imports the new look by pushing an “import” button. Suddenly, the screen is gorgeous!

Perhaps even more importantly, the engineer has continued his work unimpeded using just the basic widgets. Team productivity is enhanced. Product management is happy. The sales team will love the new professional appearance of the end result.

The implications of the time savings that this process represents to product design teams are obvious. What might not be so obvious on first inspection is how rapidly a team can “re-skin” its product look, or “custom-brand” the product for its own end customers. The result: a product design team has faster access to great-looking displays, can use the same device for several different end customer’s needs and can deliver a custom appearance for each such customer with much greater ease and time savings. Now, that’s worth seeing!

Joseph Callaghan has over 25 years of experience in the Embedded design and Product Development industry.

That Embedded Product – Did You See It?

Displays. Screens. They shine at us and brightly shout at us from just about every contraption we touch or see as we travel through our day. The hyperactive super-sized displays on Times Square are an obvious example of our century’s obsession with bombarding the senses. We are indeed an audio-visual society with a voracious appetite!

We interact regularly with displays, buttons, and touch-screens without even thinking about it. They are a necessary and integral part of most every electronic device on the market today, from your cell phone to your car, to the cockpit of the plane that whisks you away on vacation. The human wants the machine to do something, and they must communicate. And somehow, they do. “But,” you ask, “who knows how to build this stuff?”

Only a relatively small cross-section of our society become the people that are the brains and brawn of the industry that understands the “how” of making such an electronic product, a “device,” work. The people that crank out these electronic goodies call their industry the “Embedded Product” industry. A funny name? Well, consider this. Each of these wonderful man-made marvels contains one, or many, microprocessors. You don’t see them, and therefore you just don’t think about them! For example, you probably do not call your cell phone a computer, but inside that sleek device there is, well…, a computer — a microprocessor. The microprocessor is therefore ’embedded’ inside the device. It is a child of the “Embedded Product” industry.

In fact, every child in grade school today learns that a PC is a “computer” whose brain is a “microprocessor” which runs “software” on an “operating system. The human interacts with it through a “GUI” (pronounced “Gooey”) or Graphical User Interface. But do they, or do you, for that matter, question what is going on behind that now-familiar GUI, inside that cute ladybug cell phone? As my three year old son used to say, “How’s this thing work?” Does it contain an operating system or a microprocessor or software? “Survey says…YES!”

In fact, a variant of the “find the hidden Mickey” game can be played all day long. I challenge you to take a few moments and make a list of the number of things that you think have a “hidden” microprocessor inside. Are you done? You forgot to write down your microwave oven, didn’t you? Sorry, but you also forgot to list your television!

Embedded products, clearly, are everywhere. A fascinating group of engineers and product managers around the world collaborate to design, build and market these high technology products that our society demands, building on the shoulders of those that have come before them. No longer do we find devices with needles, gauges and switches. The intelligence of the microprocessors used in embedded products has eliminated most all of these clunky physical components and have replaced them, instead, with the familiar electronic display. Elegant embedded GUIs, such as one might find on an Apple iPhone or the dashboard of a new Mercedes, warmly reach out to us every day, begging for us to touch them or, at the very least, to just admire them.

So, the very next time that you find yourself flying down the highway in your car, listening to your “tunes,” looking at your dashboard graphical interface, with all its virtual meters and needles, answering your cell phone and telling the kids to turn down their DVD, please take a minute to think about the fact that your car alone has many more microprocessors than does the Space Shuttle. I think you’ll then agree with me that there is plenty of work yet left for our children to do!

Joseph Callaghan has over 25 years of experience in the Embedded Design and Product Development Industry.

Home Automation Networking With Electronic Systems – Go Berserk With These Gadgets

Home Automation is a gift of the modern day technology. Here are some techniques that help in building the connectivity for home electronic systems.

Although these are slow, yet the international standards largely participation in trading the ideas among the developers for home automation across the globe. Its application models & specifications promote the inter-operability of all the electronic products at home. It is all worth being considered in order to focus the latest protocols.

Reports have been written in order to lead the energy utility corporations towards developing new consumer services that would utilize the networks for the home automation. This further led to the development & growth in home automation networkings’ international standards known as the HES (Home Electronic System). Recently, this material was updated and it reflects the progressive results of the work.

The primary gal of HES is to identify the software & hardware to enable the manufacturers to offer the one product version that would operate for a quite a large range of the networks of home automation.

Several HES components are essential to accomplish the objective. These are as follows:

1. Universal Interface

Usually known as the UI, the module of this interface is integrated among the appliances in order to allow their communication over the different home automation networks. It meets with the primary goals of HES, that is, establishing communication amidst the appliances in any communication home automation network. It is incorporated in the appliances with a standard data plug. Then standard language application is developed likewise for all messages & commands for the appliances.

It’s each connection points towards the network with the NAU that means Network Access Unit. This converts the appliances’ messages & data signals in to some specific communication protocol of the home automation. HES identifies the protocol of these communications between NAU & UI.

2. Command Language

It refers to the language that the appliances use in order to communicate among each other irrespective of their network where the messages are carried forward. HES language accommodates these commands in the networks. However, interposing the links among NAU-IU the appliances & network mediums does not optimize the operating system of home automation systems; it only reduces the costs when these are sold in the large market.

3. HomeGate

This is a residential gateway link that controls the network at home & the external networks offered by the service providers. Its primary function is the translation of the protocols amidst the Wide Area Network or the WAN and the Local Area Network or the LAN. Its features consist of the firewall limiting messages that can flow inside & outside the house.

Other features of the HES are as follows:

1. HES’ working groups are licensed to investigate the network applications on control, communications, & command in the mixed use & commercial buildings. The apartment houses with offices as well as the retail shops come under the category of mixed-use buildings.

2. The designers of the sub-systems & the appliances are the deciding people for the variables & functions that would be accessed from the other gadgets with in the network of the home automation. The engineering language explains that these are options that define controllability & observability. The idea is that there must be some consistency level in such decisions so that the devices can interoperate successfully. This application model explains that the device’s engineering aspects that can be written, read or executed through the networks. It is an important model that is used to convey the information to the item’s manufacturers who would be connected with the network for the home automation purposes.

3. The major protocols never include the sub-systems models’ complete application with in its specifications. Only checking the objects that comprise the application can infer the model. This selection of variable, methods and the objects is patterned on the basis of how the given communication interface designer understands the device. The information must be completely described in this application model. Else, the manufacturers might misinterpret the details on operating the device as they do not have the staff or the network experts with familiarity of the communication models.

4. The countries that are considered as the Principal Members have now approved the HES models for the publications including security, energy management, and control system. The HES Working Group examines the functional safety issues. Therefore, the International Electrotechnical Commission or the IEC’s Advisory Committee for Safety has requested this Working Group to develop some guidelines for home automation network’s safety. These safety messages are considered critical and must be confirmed prior to being sent through out the network. These appliances operate through a network and do not compromise in its safety aspects. So, in case the network fails, the device maintains its appropriate level of safety.

5. Safety standards have been defined by the IEC for its various devices when ever they have to operate individually. The key concern of the ACOS is the interaction among products via the home control networks must match up with the safety requirements’ harmonization. Their functional safety is also defined by IEC in terms of the home control system’s capacity to execute the actions that are essential for the maintenance & achievement of the desired safety levels in the normal situations as well as the emergency cases.

Car Audio Electronics: An Important Part of Your Car

Car audio electronics can enhance your driving experience tremendously. Having a good music system, especially if you have to drive long distances, can make the journey less tiresome. In addition, car audio accessories can add to the ease of operation and the enjoyment.

Car Audio Accessories

Car audio systems, whether they are cheap car stereos or expensive top of the line systems, all come with suitable accessories that can make the experience more convenient. The most common example would be a remote control device, which makes it easier to change tracks, adjust volume etc. without having to touch the console. Remotes can also be fixed on to your steering wheel, which means that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to change a track. If you are travelling with children, having a remote allows them to make changes from the back seat, without them having to disturb you every time they want a change.

Enhanced Audio Electronics

There are several items that can enhance your listening experience. Amplifiers and car subwoofers are just 2 examples. These can easily be added on to expensive or cheap car stereos. Subwoofers are a must have if you like listening to music with an enhanced bass sound. In fact without a system that enhances the bass, you cannot fully enjoy certain types of music, the way they were intended to be heard. Amplifiers, which enhance the sound signal can make a system sound much more powerful and loud. Most new cars come fitted with an I-pod jack or an MP3 USB port. Older cars do not have these facilities, and this is another option that can be integrated into your car.

Systems to Suit Your Preferences

Today you can custom build your entire music system. You can get car stereos of one brand, speaker of another, car subwoofers of another – the list is endless. As such you can build a car music system that is entirely unique and designed to specifically suit your listening preferences, as well as the acoustics contained in your car’s shape and size. The wide variety of car audio electronics available today makes this possible. Make sure that you purchase your equipment from a reputed company who has ample experience in suggesting and fixing a suitable system. Also ensure that your equipment is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.You can buy every type of electronic products from here.

Recycling Materials in Design

Most manufacturing companies are concerned with environmental impact but they are mostly focused on the manufacturing operations and the operating life of that product. Most companies don’t give much thought to what happens to a product when it has reached the end of life, instead they simply rely on the scrap recycling industry to deal with that problem and, up to now, recyclers have done a good job. However, as time goes by and new materials and technologies are developed, the challenge that recyclers face in safely and economically recycling those products to materials (at) reentry stage grows ever more difficult.

What should manufacturers aim to achieve in relation to recycling of materials?

To overcome the difficulties of materials recycling there are several stages of industrial process involved:

Design

For economical recycling of materials, the design process is critically important. One of the basic principles of good industrial design is that a process creates no waste. That means all elements in the design can be reused. This is an extremely cost-effective approach to production, too, because the reusable materials reduce the cost of acquiring more materials, waste disposal, and environmental costs associated with non-recyclable materials.

Production

The production process, too, can be streamlined and enhanced to ensure a smooth transition back into the production line for recycling. This involves a series of basic steps and organisational adaptions:

Creation of collection points for used materials
Efficient collection
A straightforward series of industrial processes for materials recovery leading directly to new products.

Distribution

Recycled products should have a direct distribution feed back into the market, to recover costs, and ensure effectiveness of the recycling process as a commercial proposition.

This series of steps operates as a cumulative series of savings, accompanied by cashflow. It’s also profitable, covering recycling costs, adding value, and achieving commercially effective returns on the recycled products.

What is the basic idea of recycling?

The basic idea of recycling is to reuse all materials, reduce waste, and reduce carbon emissions and pollution created by production. Recycling in its modern form is new, and has developed a lot since inception. The original form of recycling included collection of materials like paper, metal, some plastics, and other easily recyclable materials which could be turned into commercial products.

The new form of recycling is a cradle to grave approach, covering all aspects of product life, measuring environmental impacts, and creating holistic product designs on this basis. The cost benefit effects of recycling have been startling, and have vindicated the new approach with steadily improving measurable results for money saved, resources saved and cumulative waste cost avoidance.

Practices that have employed recycling in their design materials

Many whole industries have taken up recycling, and the extent of the new recycling models can be seen in organisations like ISRI, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. Recycling now includes process, brokerage and consumer recycled materials.

Most of the world’s top companies and institutions are currently involved in designing materials for recycling:

Electronics and appliances: Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, IBM

Motor vehicles: Renault, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche

Packaging: Sustainable Packaging Alliance

Recycling design initiatives: Carnegie Mellon Institute

TVs and electronics: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Recycling is the way of the future. It’s the best, most effective, response to global issues and consumer demand.

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Using Design Specifications for Custom Molded Rubber Products

When creating a product that includes molded rubber parts, it is important to supply the parts manufacturer with a design drawing to follow. This design offers the specifications necessary to produce the custom molded rubber products and parts. Similar to architectural blueprints, a specification drawing shows the pattern and all of its elements. Silicone molding manufacturers can look at the design specification drawing and learn what the molded silicone parts should look like when they are finished. This includes the size, shape, color, thickness, material and pliability.

One of the most common methods of supplying the design specifications to silicone molding manufacturers is through computerized programs. Software like Solidworks, ProE and AutoCAD help the product designer to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings. The drawings are then saved in an electronic file, such as.dwg,.prt,.dxf,.smt,.x_t,.iges and others. The electronic file formats can be read by the parts manufacturer, who converts the digital mechanical designs into real-life custom rubber molded parts using compression molding or liquid silicone injection molding processes.

In the design of military rubber keypads, for example, a specification drawing will describe and lay out the dimensions of the custom rubber keypad, including its height, width and thickness. It also describes the required materials, color and any printing processes and ink colors, as well. When manufacturing military rubber keypads, each requirement is spelled out to ensure uniform production of all parts within tolerance.

For those new to designing products that include custom keypad technology, they may need assistance from the rubber molding manufacturer’s engineers. These professional experts may provide a set of standards and design recommendations that can be used as a guide. For example, the minimum recommended key pitch dimension may be.080. The clearance between a key and a bezel may be.012. When their mechanical design considerations are followed, the manufacturer can create a quality custom keypad. There are also specific recommendations for the distance from the edge of the keypad’s matte to a key’s diaphragm.

Other important information needed by the manufacturer involves the use of coatings. Molded silicone parts can be coated with abrasion-resistant, chemical-resistant or conductive coatings, depending on their intended use. These offer extra protection against the outside world. They are especially helpful on military rubber keypads in rugged conditions. Coatings can improve performance and make the components last longer.

When all of the necessary information needed to produce the components is provided, the molded silicone manufacturer can create the necessary molds needed to make them. The molds are used to duplicate the same item as many times as necessary.

How to Become a Product Engineer

Product engineers are responsible for the design, development, testing, production and maintenance of new products. Product engineers are found in practically every field, and engineers tend to specialize in one segment of the industry. There are many routes you can take to become a product engineer, but you must acquire certain skills along the way.

Cultivate the skills required to become a product engineer. Product engineers have an excellent grasp of math and science concepts, are analytical and detail-oriented, work well in teams, enjoy problem solving and have basic design and drawing skills.

Find a school where you can study engineering. There are many different colleges and universities that offer engineering degrees and certifications. Highly ranked universities offer the added benefit of job placement assistance in competitive engineering industries.

Get a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Product engineers typically have a degree in electrical, electronics, mechanical or civil engineering, but math and physical science degrees are sometimes accepted for entry-level positions in high-demand industries.

Determine what field of product engineering most interests you. Whether it’s computer software development or toy design, most product engineers specialize in a particular area or type of product.

Intern in product engineering or a related field during the summer. Interning can help you establish a relationship with a company that could lead to a job offer when you graduate. Additionally, interning can help you develop valuable skills and experience to add to your resume.

Apply for an entry-level job in product engineering or a related field. Since product engineering employs multiple engineering disciplines, a job in mechanical or electrical engineering can help you move towards a product engineering job in the future.

Work under the supervision of engineers who are more experienced. Engineers do not typically start out in a design position. Beginner product engineers will often start out testing designs and products before they can become independent product developers.

How to Create E Brochures

Printed brochures have long been an effective means of advertisement and information dissemination. These days, with the Internet community still growing rapidly, electronic media is quickly becoming as important as printed media. Books, magazines and other forms of media once confined to print are now being published electronically. E-brochures have become more popular today than at any time during the technological revolution, and make up a large portion of the electronic advertising world. E-brochures look and work like traditional print brochures with the added benefit of versatility.

Decide what desktop publishing software you want to use to create you e-brochures. If you own Microsoft Word, you can use it to create e-brochures. Word comes with a large number of templates for brochures. If you want to use a desktop publishing program, Microsoft Publisher is an affordable alternative to Adobe’s desktop publishing products. You can also use Serif PagePlus, which is a free desktop publishing program (see Resources).

Open the brochure template right for your project. All of the programs mentioned in the first step include templates that make it easy to design and produce e-brochures. If you don’t find a brochure layout exactly like you want, you can select the one nearest your idea and make changes to the template to suit your needs by removing or inserting text and graphics boxes.

Modify the brochure template by deleting the template text and graphics and then replacing it with your own. The templates are already laid out for you. To delete template text, select the text with your mouse and delete it; then type in your e-brochure text. To replace a graphic with your own, select the template graphic box, use the “Insert” menu and choose “Picture.” This will replace template graphics with your own.

Use the same design rules for your e-brochure as you would a print brochure. If you start making modifications, try not to add too many additional graphics and avoid changing the template fonts to something hard to read. Effective e-brochure design is the same as printed brochure design.

Save your e-brochure as a PDF file. This is Adobe’s Portable Document Format. This format is cross platform and can be read by anyone with Adobe’s free reader, so this is the best format for e-brochure distribution. Microsoft Word 2007 has the capability to write as PDF with a free plug-in from Microsoft. If you’re using an earlier version of Word or a desktop software not capable of writing to PDF, you can use an online service to save your file as a PDF for free. Another option is Cute PDF, which is free and installs on your computer as a virtual printer for creating PDF files.

Electronic Products That Have a Microprocessor

Microprocessors have invaded almost every device you can imagine. From home electronics to the machinery used to control railroads and aircraft, microprocessors can be found everywhere. The first microprocessors were used in large computers and home calculators. Later, microprocessors found their way into home video game units and home computers. Currently, you might find a microprocessor in many home devices, including your toaster, microwave and iron.

Function of a Microprocessor

A microprocessor is simply a logic device for any type of electronic unit. Microprocessors, as their name implies, do the majority of the processing for their requisite device. Four-bit processors came first and were used in devices such as calculators. As of 2010, 64-bit dual- and quad-core processors are the types of processors most commonly used in home computers.

Home Items with Microprocessors

Some home items that may contain microprocessors include televisions, VCRs, DVD players, microwaves, toasters, ovens, stoves, clothes washers, stereo systems, home computers, hand-held game devices, thermostats, video game systems, alarm clocks, bread machines, dishwashers, home lighting systems and even some refrigerators with digital temperature control.

Industrial Items with Microprocessors

Some industrial items with microprocessors include: cars, boats, planes, trucks, heavy machinery, gasoline pumps, credit card processing units, traffic control devices, elevators, computer servers, most high tech medical devices, digital kiosks, security systems, surveillance systems and even some doors with automatic entry.