Rising energy costs are a double whammy for hotels, which are seeing fewer guests during the recession. A ZigBee controller from Control4 lets managers and guests manage the in-room television, video-on-demand, music, smart lighting, temperature and security systems. Hoteliers can reduce energy waste, adjusting lights and HVAC to occupancy. The Suite Controller SC-200's RF signals let guests control TVs and other equipment without line-of-sight issues. The unit also helps attract guests, letting them personalize their entertainment with MP3 and USB inputs, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Using a single controller for lights, temperature and TV can also simplify the user experience.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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