Three siblings and one GameCube is a recipe for territorial skirmishes. Many games only support two users. Jeremy Willden bought his three kids a GameCube for Christmas and quickly discovered parental intervention was critical. He initially used a kitchen timer, but soon opted for a more technology-driven solution. He created an electronic Time Turner. The gadget uses a Microchip microcontroller connected to three LEDs and a small speaker. Every 15 minutes, the LEDs change (each labeled with a child’s name) to indicate whose turn it is.
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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