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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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