Handheld systems continue to do more. Two portable media players from aigo, as Beijing Huaqi Information Digital Technology Co. Ltd. is commonly known, support full broadcast resolution playback of RealVideo files. The aigo E898 and F965R also support a number of different audio formats, reducing compatibility issues. The Chinese company uses Analog Devices' Blackfin 52x family, partially because its power consumption goes down to 0.16 mW/MHz. Versatility is also a key design requirement in today's international marketplace, since file formats vary globally.
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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