A number of sensors have been developed to detect excessive alcohol consumption and prevent impaired drivers from starting their vehicles. The application has primarily been incorporated as a punitive step for repeat offenders. However, when a carmaker proposes a concept, the possibility of OEM use gets a step closer to reality — a step which could prevent or reduce deaths and accidents from drunk driving. Saab's Alcokey concept combines an alcohol sensor with engine immobilizer technology. A key fob with an integrated mouthpiece provides a sample of the alcohol content in the driver's breath to a small semiconductor sensor. An excessive level of alcohol prevents the engine from starting similar to the immobilizer in existing anti-theft systems. For more information on Saab's Alcokey concept go to: http://rbi.ims.ca/4914-505
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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