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.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.