This dry-land fish swims to the music of connected, hand-held MP3 or iPod players and has a built-in speaker for operation without a headset. In addition, the unit has multicolored flashing lights and produces sound effects. Even without connecting the I-FISH, its face and tail light up and it wiggles to the beat of music when it is placed in front of a speaker. Depending on the song, the unit displays one of four music-based personalities — for example, country music soothes it. Touching the top of its head triggers a “fish song.” Analog circuitry provides the amplification for the speaker and for powering the array of LED lights.
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.
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