The HDTV Buying Guide Based on Your Viewing Preferences

Here’s a short buying guide if you want to buy a HDTV, based on your viewing preferences.

Budget Viewer

There’s lots of good news for budget viewers who want a HDTV but also have a limited budget. You don’t have to pay a high price for a good size HDTV with very good picture resolution, as you can now purchase some 42-inch LCD and Plasma TVs for under $1000. Read More

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Jailbreak vs Unlock, What are These ??

There are rules and there are ways to break them! As an iPhone user, you’re always bound by some. Be it for security reasons, malware threats or just as an arbitrary decision; iPhone users are compelled by certain software and technical restrictions. These could be both network and software based. In order to understand the kind of restrictions you’re constrained by, you should be aware of market trends and other available Smartphones.

Apple, the manufacturer of iPhone, rules the digital mobile phone market. Both in terms of features and experience, iPhone has captured numerous hearts. Its seamless operating system, great touch screen experience and several other offerings make it an unquestionable market leader. But Apple hasn’t been able to stand out just so easily. Efforts in the form of cutting-edge innovation and monopolistic business strategies have made it an undefeated market ruler. Read More

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Robogaia 2D Robotic Obstacle Detector

Ever wanted to build a robot butler that won’t run over your cat?

The Robogaia 2D Robotic Obstacle Detector is a robust object sensor that can be used in situations demanding wide-angle proximity sensing. A small team of engineers from Cleveland – under the name Robogaia Industries – is developing the device and is now running a Kickstarter to fund development of its fourth version. Read More

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NI and Mouser Throw Curveball into PCB Design Ring

This is big news. Really big, and not just because there’s a new PCB Design program or because it’s sponsored by Mouser and… free.

It’s big news that it’s an increasingly good time to be an electronics maker, and the big names in the industry are noticing. Mouser recently announced a free version of National Instrument’s MultiSIM Circuit design and testing software. Read More

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Maximize Your TV’s Potential With The MaxMyTV

The Internet of Things has been showing up quite a bit lately, with many devices offering you the ability to turn your home into a smart house. If you don’t know what the Internet of Things is, it is essentially the interconnecting of various devices serving purposes ranging from sensory to controlling. By bringing together these devices, one can automate many functions of their home or learn more about their presence in the house. However, one entry in the Internet of Things race is the MaxMyTV, which utilizes your TV and probably your attachment to it.

The MaxMyTV does more than simply upgrade your TV. It transforms your home into that smart house, offering you absolute control from the comfort of your command center: your couch. You can connect the MaxMyTV Smart Hub in between your TV and your primary set-top box, without needing to choose one over the other. The Smart Hub then serves two purposes: bringing together your TV services with the MaxMyTV software and giving you more control of your house, shop, etc. from your TV. Read More

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McThings Reaches The End Of Its KickStarter Campaign

The suite of BLE sensors and controllers regarded as McThings reaches the end of it’s Kickstarter campaign, earning well over its $50,000 CAD goal. WestWork Technology Ltd. developed this collection of devices and software to measure and control anything you need and even connect to the cloud. WestWork envisions that homes, shops, etc. “…will have a large number of low-cost, low-power easy to setup sensors and controllers that will improve efficiency, quality of life and minimize power consumption.” And these sensors and controllers will connect to the cloud and fully integrate with Facebook, Twitter, and more. This integration can already be seen on household appliances like refrigerators you can tweet from.

McThings comes together to create a low cost and low power infrastructure with fill internet connectivity. The main control board, called a McModule, will run for years on a coin cell and runs on a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor with a 2.4GHz multi-protocol radio and a 128-bit AES encryption co-processor. A McRouter and McPlug will also be available for backers and in preorders. Read More

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The Voltset Smart Multimeter Begins Its Kickstarter Campaign

Last September, we wrote about an interesting product we saw at the World Maker Faire NYC. It was a conveniently sized multimeter that connects to your smartphone and uses custom software to give you mobility and ease with your electronics measurements. This multimeter is known as the Voltset and the team behind it have begun a Kickstarter campaign to promote and raise money for the device.

From the article we wrote previously, the Voltset has evolved from the Mini-Voltset and the Mega-Voltset into the Voltset and the Voltset PRO. These multimeters are in the CAT II measurement category. This includes small devices and the outlets within a home. The Voltset team is striving to make the multimeter CAT III capable, allowing for the measurement of higher power systems including a home distribution panel. Read More

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The Hummingbird Duo: A Robotics Kit for All Ages

BirdBrain Technologies introduced the Hummingbird Duo this week on Kickstarter, offering an electronics kit that can be used by primary education students all the way up to the adult maker, with different levels of learning. A development from the original Hummingbird robotics kit that won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, the Hummingbird Duo is a 2-in-1 board, capable of operating as an original Hummingbird controller or as an Arduino Leonardo with an integrated motor/servo shield and improved connectors.

Future Hummingbird kits will feature the Duo controller as the core along with a variety of additional components including motors, servos, vibration motors, LEDs, and sensors. The kit components are easily secured to the Duo controller via clearly labeled spring-loaded terminal blocks. Read More

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