Built for military applications, the Spartan is a mobile computer with a built-in GPS receiver and 802.11b/g wireless Ethernet port. It measures 6.5 × 3 × 0.5 inches, and can have a hard drive up to 60 GB, a touch screen display and LCD panel in its sealed enclosure. It has Pentium-M laptop performance, runs Windows XP Pro and supports OpenGL and DirectX in its onboard video for video overlays and mapping/targeting functions. It has external ports for USB and FireWire for camera interface, and RS485/422 com ports for audio dimension Mic and headphone for voice commands, plus VoIP for communication with radios. It includes security features to prevent tampering, and an E-Purge feature to wipe out the hard drive before it can be taken by an unauthorized person. It normally runs between 0 and 55C, but comes in a conduction cooled version that runs between -40 and 85C. Prices start at $3,400.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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