Saving energy is becoming fashionable, as well as frugal. LS Research is providing help for people who want to do more than swap out lightbulbs. Its Rate$aver energy usage rate monitor is a wireless, in-home display that shows consumption data from the home's utility meter. The unit itself is a power miser, operating as long as two years on two AA batteries. It also uses novel display technology that makes the data visible even after the power is turned off. It uses ZigBee, employing a 100 mW power amplifier that covers most homes without a repeater.
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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