Samsung is the latest company to employ technology from SRS Labs Inc. (www.srslabs.com) to boost performance of small speakers. Samsung will use the WOW audio enhancement technology from SRS in a 17-inch LCD TV. Flat panel TVs have high performance expectations, but limited space for speakers has posed a problem. WOW combines TruBass and Digital Clarity, developed by SRS, to compensate for the limitations of small speakers by dispersing sound along horizontal and vertical axes while enhancing the bass. Sony recently adopted WOW for its Vaio W Desktop PC, which provides CD, DVD, and TV playback.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.