The National Notary Association (NNA) has incorporated TouchChip® biometric technology from STMicroelectronics (www.st.com) into its electronic identity-capturing database. A capacitive sensor based on active capacitive pixel-sensing technology, TouchChip allows a fingerprint to be quickly and securely captured and stored in less than a second. In addition to handwritten electronic signatures, the NNA's electronic notary logbook—Enjoa™—can also record thumbprints and digital photos from notaries to ensure proper process and eliminate fraud.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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