The market research firm of Strategy Analytics estimates that 50% of new cars worldwide in 2006 are expected to include driver information systems. Enabling cars with e-mail, navigation, music, and video games is a new alliance of companies that formed around Motorola's open mobileGT architecture. Other companies in the alliance are IBM, QNX Software Systems, and eNGENUITY Technologies Inc. "Motorola has implemented a dedicated driver information system and roadmap of products for future development," says Jim Farrell, an electrical engineer and marketing manager at Motorola. He adds that Motorola introduced a new MGT5100 processor October 1 at this year's ITS world Congress in Sydney, Australia. "The mobile GT architecture and the MGT5100 processors will allow auto manufacturers to serve the new driver information market with new systems designs quickly," says Farrell. The alliance's first customer is Hyundai Autonet Co. More information about Motorola's embedded processors and semiconductor products for automotive applications is available at www.motorola.com/semiconductors, or fax Farrell at (512) 891-0318.
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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