As mobile phones offer functions far beyond simple telephonic communications, the human machine interface becomes more important. KEYnetik Inc. developed a Motion Enabled Prototype Phone that lets owners navigate with just one hand. Users can select icons by simply tilting the device in the desired direction and pressing a button when their selection is highlighted. A pair of Analog Devices' ADXL330 iMEMS accelerometers are key components, providing six degrees of freedom and filtering out motion interference by determining where the force is coming from. Automatic screen rotation and simplified gaming control are also features of the prototype phone.
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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