Smart getting smarter
Electronic assistance at our service
The 2013 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), held on 8-11 January 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, lived up to its reputation, showcasing not only products that have just reached the marketplace, but also a wide range of technological innovations that may bring fundamental changes in our lives in the not so distant future.
Smart devices are getting smarter and smarter and are bound to change the way we deal with our day-to-day environment. As technologies evolve, we will rely more and more on electronic assistance to perform even the most mundane tasks. The driverless car, the sensor that helps you take care of your plants, the mobile application that monitors your heart beat and stress level, the ultra HD and OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) TV are just a few examples of products that are expected to hit the stores pretty soon.
This issue of e-tech focuses on recent developments in FCs (fuel cells), including portable FCs used as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries to charge mobile devices. It looks at the new generation of electronic toys and provides an update on the technologies that are behind today’s very sophisticated domestic and industrial robots.
The IEC, through several of its Technical Committees, has worked to prepare International Standards that lay out safety and performance requirements for those technologies.