Power-Over-Ethernet is predicted to have a significant market impact, doubling its already-solid acceptance over the next few years. Providing power, as well as connectivity using existing wiring, it makes it simpler to install Web cameras, VoIP phones, wireless LAN Access Points and other appliances. Bel Power Inc. is supplying half-brick dc-to-dc converters that power these units. The half bricks use Microchip's MCP6291 low-power, high-bandwidth op amp and PIC12F675 microcontroller to sense current and monitor power consumption, updating parameters in firmware to help engineers avoid the expense of redesigns.
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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