Zytouch touchscreen technology from Zytronic (http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-538) and virtual instrument panel software developed by Westland Helicopters Ltd. permit speedy reconfiguration of an entire helicopter instrument panel layout during customer trials, shrinking the time needed for adjustments from days or weeks to only an hour, according to Westland. The 1.5 x 0.6-m touchscreen simulates the helicopter control panel, allowing users to better understand the human-machine interface at an earlier stage, saving project costs and time, and aids documentation.
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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