March 21, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission released a report last week on the feasibility of an all-electronic tolling system. I'd like to elaborate on what this change would and would not mean. A preliminary analysis projected that turnpike tolls for drivers who don't use E-ZPass may have to be set as much as 50 percent higher than the prevailing cash rates if the conversion to an all-electronic system proceeds. It must be emphasized, however, that this is only an early estimate, and that it will take at least five years to convert to all-electronic tolling.
February 26, 2012
Talk about taking your show on the road! The Electronic Drum Machine Shirt lets you get your rock-star fantasies off your chest - by playing your chest. The shirt comes with a little removable battery-operated amp box that amplifies a range of nine different built-in drum styles (called kits) when you tap on one of the eight "drum pads" and controls delineated on the wired-up rubber grid Velcroed to the front of the shirt. Each "kit" has a choice of seven different sounds that can be mixed and matched with sounds in other styles - such as rock, jazz, techno-punk - and combined into loops.
February 16, 2012 |
PENSACOLA, FLA. - A Florida man trying to kick the smoking habit was puffing on an electronic cigarette when a faulty battery caused it to explode in his mouth, taking out some of his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue and severely burning his face, fire officials said yesterday. "The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire.
February 3, 2012 |
Regina Lee Blaszczyk, a professor of consumer culture and design history, says her neighborhood coffee shop is a perfect example of how the laptop experience has become the accessory of the age, and she's not kidding. At Chapterhouse on Ninth near Bainbridge, there is a shelf of books available for customers, but on nearly every table, most occupied by a person and a latte, is a laptop. Most feature a shiny apple on the cover. "May I share your outlet?" is about all that passes for conversation between tables.
January 31, 2012
The Philadelphia electronics recycling operation owned by eForce Compliance has received e-Stewards certification, a standard developed by the Basel Action Network to encourage best practices in the industry. It is the first business in Philadelphia to reach the standard, according to BAN. While other standards exist, including one promoted by the electronics industry, the e-Stewards standard is considered to be more rigorous. It requires "downstream" responsibility for electronics components and prohibits the export of hazardous electronics waste to developing countries.
January 14, 2012
Russell J. Roth Sr., 83, of Sellersville, who retired as an electronics manager in 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at Grand View Hospital. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Roth graduated from high school there. He served in the Navy from September 1945 to April 1949 and again from 1950 to 1952. His daughter, Cynthia Mannes, said he served in shipboard fire-control units in the Mediterranean, then was recalled to duty during the Korean War. Mr. Roth earned his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University after night classes in the late 1960s, while he was a quality-control manager for Philco-Ford in Philadelphia.
January 12, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Browse for consumer electronics on the Web or stroll through a large retailer like Best Buy or Microcenter, and you can see how tough it is to grab attention in today's crowded marketplace. That's one of the key challenges facing thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs flooding the casino capital this week at the gigantic Consumer Electronics Show. It's not enough to develop the most amazing new tablet, laptop, smartphone, camera, or whatever device you've dreamt up. You also have to vie to be noticed, or trust that cream will eventually rise.
January 11, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Handsets that listen and respond and make Apple's new Siri digital assistant look like a pretender. Cars with steering and motors all built into the wheels, so that the passenger compartment is for work or play, and the whole thing collapses for parking in tight spots. Foldable, flexible display screens - or a world where you won't even need to bring a device with you at all because you'll find connectivity everywhere. All week long, tens of thousands of inventors, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and writers are clogging Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, looking for what Michael Lewis, at the tail end of the 1990s technology explosion, labled "the new new thing.
January 10, 2012
OPENING TODAY in Las Vegas, the 2012 edition of the International CES is awash in Internet-connected and higher-definition video screens, razor-thin Ultrabook laptops and iPad wannabees - some at dirt-cheap prices. The enormous consumer electronics (and beyond) trade show also is flaunting dramatic growth in categories ranging from health and fitness to voice- and motion- controlled . . . everything. But for this seasoned showgoer, the most compelling CES story is how veteran companies are striving to make their products relevant.
December 26, 2011 |
Happy with all those new electronic devices you got for Christmas? Not so fast, Bucko: What about the old ones? You are going to recycle them, right? It's getting easier. State laws forbidding their disposal in landfills - already in effect in New Jersey, and coming into effect in 2013 in Pennsylvania - mean that opportunities for responsibly ditching the out-of-date devices are growing fast. Already, both states make manufacturers responsible for the afterlife of the devices they produce.