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.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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