Digital photo frames are becoming simplified home entertainment systems. Sagem Communicationsí 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 canít get to the main TV, the frame can play MPEG2/MPEG1 videos from a set-top box. Freescale Semiconductorís 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.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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