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.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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