One downside to portable PCs is the thieves who sometimes enjoy that portability. Samsung is making it difficult for them to steal data, using a fingerprint sensor to provide security. AuthenTec's AES1610 fingerprint sensor is a standard feature on Samsung's X360, a fully featured 13.3-inch PC that weighs only 2.8 lb. In addition to keeping unauthorized users from accessing data on the PC, the sensor can also be used for password authentication on websites. The sensor reads the live layer below the skin's surface so it has fewer errors than alternative sensing.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.