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.
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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