Stolen laptops are a growing security risk, whether they store thousands of Social Security numbers or an individual owner’s financial data. Biometric sensors provide another tool in the battle to protect security, providing privacy without adding to the list of passwords.
Atmel Corp. and Phoenix Technologies Ltd. teamed up to target the laptop market, blending Atmel’s FingerChip sensor with SecureCore Pre-boot Authentication software from Phoenix. Thieves won’t be able to start computers that employ the hardware-software combination.
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.
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