The line between computers and television is being further blurred by Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. Its WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI Express board is a dual hybrid PC TV tuner that lets users watch one TV program on their PC while watching, pausing or recording a second program. Consumers can use Microsoft Media Center's TV scheduler to automatically record their favorite TV shows and play back recordings at any time on their PC screens. The single-slot board, based on NXP Semiconductors' SAA7164E dual-channel PC TV system-on-chip, supports all analog and digital TV formats used in North America. It offers native hardware encoding to reduce the CPU overhead demands on the PC.
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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