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.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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