Apple iPod nano (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-541). Without reducing the quality or functionality, all it took to reduce the price of the most recent iPod, was to cut down on the amount of Flash memory. Based on Multi-Level Cell (MLC) flash, all iPod nanos can boast completely skip-free playback. The 1-GB iPod nano holds up to 15,000 photos or up to 240 songs. Flash memory also contributes to the nano's size and weight: 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and 1.5 oz. Semico Research's Inflection Point Indicator (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-542) reports that with the addition of the nano, by the end of 2005, Apple consumed between 25 to 30 percent of the world's NAND output.
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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