Digital photo frames are becoming simplified home entertainment systems. Sagem Communications’ 8-inch AgfaPhoto AF5080W offers high-speed WiFi connectivity so consumers can access online photo websites or other sites. WiFi also provides a way to bring in MP3 tracks that can play along with the images. When viewers tire of photos but can’t get to the main TV, the frame can play MPEG2/MPEG1 videos from a set-top box. Freescale Semiconductor’s Arm-based i.MX multimedia processors and Linux multimedia power the frame, which offers 800 x 600 pixel SVGA resolution. USB connectivity and SD card compatibility add more flexibility.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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