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.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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