AAEON has released this for the aesthetically conscious automation deployment, and it actually looks quite nice as well as being rugged enough to hold up in a pure industrial environment. And with home automation becoming more prevalent, it can also fit in there as part of a contemporary design.
That's true, Cabe, plastic is a lot more durable. But I think glass looks a lot nicer. And how often do you really drop a screen or a computer? Hopefully not that often! (Although of course, dings do happen.)
Yes, tablets and cells could definitely use more ruggedized screens. I've never smashed up a screen myself but I have seen iPhones with smashed screens that are virtually rendered useless. That's a pretty expensive piece of useless machinery! I think in this case, the glass suits the design pretty well.
Since they are doing a dual target of industrial and home use, I'm surprised that they are using the capacitive touch. Many industrial plant are now requireing gloves as a standard safety precaution, which don't work that well with capacitive.
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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