Before the 2012 make-or-break U.S. holiday buying season (which this year ran from 23 November to 24 December), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimated that spending on consumer electronics would increase a few percentage points. Unfortunately for manufacturers and retailers, an analysis released in January by the CEA showed that actual spending was flat. But that overall figure conceals that some categories are booming while others are in decline.
Apple Watch's Wristful of Sensors and MEMS
Break out the champagne, MEMS and sensor makers, Apple just arrived at your party
Wearable Tech Could Help Track Gun Violence
Accelerometers like those used in fitness trackers can tell when the wearer has fired a gun, and could be used to report incidents to law enforcement
"Holey" Graphene Boosts Energy Density of Supercapacitors
Graphene still struggling to beat activated carbon in electrodes of supercapacitors
Electric Shocks Preferred to Thinking (Especially by Men)
Digital devices aren’t to blame for our distracted minds
Soon to Join the Internet of Things: the Quantified Cup
On the Internet of Things, everything will be connected—but not necessarily dishwasher safe
Google Glass’s Thad Starner Wears the Future
Starner has built and sported his own augmented-reality glasses since 1990
Nanowires for Tougher Touchscreens
New transparent thin film throws its hat in the ring as an indium-tin-oxide replacement
Li-ion Batteries with Nanotube Anodes Charge Phones in Ten Minutes
Charge and discharge rates are 16 times faster than coventional Li-ion batteries
Chris Harrison’s Time Machine
The Future Interfaces Group conducts “time-machine research” by hacking together existing technologies
Learn New Skills With Superhuman Speed
Wearable computers could provide the muscle memory to learn guitar chords or dance steps
Wearable Computers Will Transform Language
Smart clothes and accessories will let us share thoughts and sensations as well as words
Stop, Attention Thief!
The Language of Digital Distraction
Intel Jumpstarts its Move Into Wearables With Acquisition of Basis Science
Intel is eager to get inside—the band on your wrist.
Bitcoiners Destroy Their iPhones After Apple Removes Wallet From App Store
Blockchain was the only Bitcoin wallet app left for iphones and ipads
IEEE Spectrum on Your Phone: New and Improved!
Major overhaul puts desktop experience in the palm of your hand
Modular Concepts at CES Hint at the Future of Mobile Computing
The lifetimes of mobile electronics are woefully short, but the modularity seen in some futuristic CES concepts might be a solution
CES 2014 Trends: Everybody's Making Fitness Trackers and Smart Watches, But Who Will Succeed?
Sorting out the dozens of wearable gadgets at this years show
In-Air Signature Gives Mobile Security to the Password-Challenged
Signing your name in the air with your smartphone can offer robust security, researchers claim
Flexible Mobile Devices Get a Flexible Battery Made From Nanotubes
Using standard electrochemical processes, carbon nanotube-enabled flexible battery can be made to any size
Speeding Ticket Cites Google Glass Use
The ticket was for speeding but the citation for using Google Glass while driving is probably a first