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.
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
Video: Augmented Reality for the Motorcycle Helmet
Skully Helmets puts a heads-up display, a rear-view camera, and a GPS navigation system—in a motorcycle helmet
Trouble Hearing In A Noisy Room? There’s An App For That
Our personal favorite from DemoFall 2013: Real Clarity—a hearing aid for the iPod generation
Google Glass Apps for Early EARLY Adopters
Google Glass in the hospital looks like a good idea, in the retail store, not so much
Smartphone With Curved Screen Is On Its Way
Samsung, which released a curved TV earlier this year, now wants to do the same with a handset display
Adding An Eye-Tracker To A Mobile Device
The Eye Tribe’s infrared gaze tracking system debuts as $99 Android dongle
UK Preemptive Strike Targets Drivers Wearing Google Glass
The UK's Department of Transport is working to stop driving with Google Glass before it starts
My First Fitbit
The Fitbit Flex fit my wrist and my lifestyle, but it took a while to learn its language
Echolocation by Smartphone Possible
A burst of sound and a pair of microphones may be enough to map simple rooms
Graphene Nanoribbons Bring New Twist to Li-ion Batteries
Graphene nanoribbons could be the answer to improving the storage capacity of Li-ion batteries
Navigating Las Vegas
Lighthouse Signal's WiFi fingerprints mean Android phones can navigate inside Las Vegas hotels.
Smartwatch Saves Battery Life with Two Processors
The Agent, a crowd-funded smartwatch, offers a second, low-power processor, wireless charging, and fashion-forward design
A Smartphone App That Takes Your Temperature
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer can also tell you what illnesses are going around your school or community
Palo Alto Company Will Help Apple Navigate
Apple’s purchase of navigation startup is just the latest sign that a hot technology is getting hotter.
The Librarian Of Congress Gets To Decide Whether Americans Can Unlock Their Phones. And He Says No.
Tomorrow it becomes illegal to unlock smartphones in the U.S.
CES 2013: Share Battery Power Between Mobile Devices
Used to your devices sharing a data plan? How about sharing power?
CES 2013: Liquipel’s Waterproofing Technology Catching On Slowly
Liquipel’s invisible coating, introduced last year, now covers tens of thousands of mobile devices
Lighter, Brighter Displays
Electrowetting combines the best of LCD and E Ink