Developed specifically for pets, this voice-enabled cell phone allows the owner to call and talk to his/her best friend. The waterproof 5 × 2.5 × 9.4 cm unit easily fits on a collar that goes around the pet's neck. The owner can also establish a geofence boundary in which the pet must stay. If this area is exceeded, the phone automatically calls the owner's cell phone or any pre-programmed number. Using the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) sensor in the phone, the pet can easily be located. A built-in temperature sensor provides input regarding the pet's environment.
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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