Taking advantage of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) without a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or computer requires a sophisticated videophone. Packet8's videophone delivers delay-free audio and up to 30 frames per second video quality on a five-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen while capturing the user's image with a high-quality charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. The unit operates without a computer because of its own built-in digital computing capability. Designing video, audio or networking for new applications with field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) provides digital performance with reduced time-to-market, flexibility, and low cost. A Xilinx Spartan-3 Development Kit from Avnet Design Services provides the platform to easily develop and test designs targeted for the lowest cost per gate and lowest cost per I/O FPGA.
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The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.