Those who enjoy radio but don't like listening to advertisements might want to look at a unit from PopCatcher, a Swedish audio designer. Its FM radio system turns radio broadcasts into MP3s, leaving out talk and advertising. The self-learning PopCatcher software separates music from DJ conversation and commercials, automatically saving songs as separate music tracks. Those tracks are recorded at 192 kbyte/sec and stored in internal memory or a USB-connected MP3 player. The radio/recorder uses a Blackfin processor from Analog Devices for both DSP audio processing and control, eliminating the need for a separate device.
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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