Volvo doesn't trust the air we breathe, at least not that of many polluted city centers. Instead, it has come out with the Volvo Ambient Air Cleaner (VAAC)—currently used in Volvo's Versatility Concept Car (VCC)—which filters the surrounding air of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Among the benefits: it neutralizes the equivalent of up to three cars' exhaust emissions, and its sensor activates the fan in response to pollution detection. Solar cells power the VAAC when the car is parked.
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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