Designers in the open source world can finish developments quickly with the Beagle Board, a 3 x 3-inch module that can be used to create gaming images or other complex tasks. Digi-Key Corp. is now offering the card, which provides the computing power needed to create real-time pixel-shaded graphics for gaming and 3-D user interface acceleration. It also lets users develop embedded applications such as home media centers, robotics, Web kiosks and digital signage. The board is powered by a Texas Instruments' OMAP3530 processor, which includes a TMS320C64x+ DSP core and an ARM Cortex-A8, 2-D/3-D graphics engine. The portable card is powered through a USB connector, so it can be attached to a range of systems.
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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