The Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub lets consumers link USB-compatible hardware to a computer without plugging in wires. It uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, deploying the Wisair chipset to let home users locate laptops anywhere and still print, play music, scan, download photos and burn CDs from anywhere in the room. The four-port hub connects USB printers, cameras, scanners and other devices located up to 30 ft away, transferring data at speeds of up to 480 Mbps for USB 2.0 devices. It lists for $199.99, including a USB dongle that ties the hub to the host computer.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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