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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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.