ITT Industries, Cannon (www.ittcannon.com) has introduced a 4-mm diameter dome switch capable of up to 2.5 million operations, compared to the dome life cycle of 250,000 to 500,000 operations typically required for cell phones. The company says the difference is important to cell phone makers who are incorporating gaming functions into 3G and WAP phones, thus demanding longer dome life. Keys to the new dome's performance include the nominal actuating trip force of 160g, which was exceeded by nearly fourfold (600g) during testing, the company says.
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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