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.
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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