Saelig's Micro-USB is made for connecting micros or circuits to USB, offering baud rates up to 1Mbps. The 0.7 x 0.5-inch device only needs eight pads on the target board in a 0.1-inch grid. It connects to a standard PC using a regular USB cable, and royalty-free drivers for major operating systems are available. It only needs ground, RX and TX signals, and works from -40 to 85C. A USB-serial interface allows USB to RS-232 and USB to RS-422/RS-485 converters, ideal for making legacy RS232 upgrades, PDA and cell phone USB interface cables, bar code readers, POS terminals, and other applications.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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.