Though the Web simplifies both research and entertainment, libraries remain popular. The Malmo City Library in Aarhus, Denmark, recently made a major technology upgrade to make its books more accessible.
FKI Logistex self-service check-in kiosks automate the returns' process. The systems that pick up and sort books and other material are powered by the Intel Dual or Quad-Core Xeon 5100 series, while an Intel Pentium 4 handles the check-in system. For these check-ins, borrowers feed items into a kiosk opening, where scanners identify the books and route them to the item's sortation system, moving them by conveyor belt. All librarians have to do is roll a cart to the shelves and put pre-sorted books away.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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.