Moving videos around is becoming easier with editing tools that shorten the time needed to quickly prepare videos for transfer to portable media players. Lazer PC multimedia acceleration cards from Lumanate provide up to a 10x real-time speed improvement for transcoding video content for devices like the iPod, iPhone, Xbox 360, Zune and others. It’s built around the ViXS XCode 3106, an MPEG4 AVC Transcoder/Encoder chipset from ViXS Systems. The chipset transcodes content to a lower bit rate, lower resolution and the various video formats of storage and portable players. The Lazer board, now an internal USB solution in Dell XPS PCs, is being prepped for retail sales.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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