In a first-of-a-kind cooperative effort, Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are developing a hydraulic hybrid automotive power train. "It's a little unusual," says Ford advanced-engineering spokesperson John Harmon. "The EPA actually holds the patent for the technology." Harmon said that it is too soon to determine how efficient the power train is. However, he did say it is somewhat like electric hybrid power trains, but instead of batteries it uses hydraulic reservoirs for storing power. Eaton Corp. is providing power train product development expertise. For more information, go to www.eaton.com, www.ford.com, or www.epa.gov.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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