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.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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