High-definition video cameras are broadening their reach, replacing portable cameras used for field reporting. Panasonic's P2 HD Professional-Broadcast High-Definition Camera-Recorders are compact and lightweight, providing superior mobility. They also store images on high-density Flash memory storage instead of traditional tapes, simplifying field production and editing while increasing mechanical reliability. Altera Corp.'s Cyclone III FPGAs handle HD video processing, interfacing to P2 memory cards and LCD display control. That line is used because it has high ratios of memory-to-logic and DSP-to-logic.
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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