Increasingly, TV is being augmented by entertainment pulled from the Internet and other media sources. Internet Media Tablets from Archos let consumers explore and navigate the Internet, then switch to TV or other media, displaying all video on a high-resolution 5-inch screen. The tablets have 60 to 250 Gbytes of memory and both Wi-Fi and 3.5G-ready cellular links. The Archos 5 and its larger Archos 7 both employ Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 processor. This chip includes a 600 MHz superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 processor and TI's video digital signal processor. Battery life ranges up to seven hours for video and 22 hours for audio playback.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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