Couch potatoes can expand their control reach far beyond the TV, controlling whole house audio, lighting, HVAC and security, as well as their home theater systems. Remote Technologies Inc. offers a variety of handheld and in-wall controllers, transceiver modules and system processors that can be integrated into a range of products. The units communicate using the ZigBee standard. Wireless communications are handled by Ember Corp.'s EM250 ZigBee controller and EmberZNet PRO networking software. RTI's color touchscreen remote control helps keep management simple so users can focus on relaxing.
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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