Want to know exactly how a human will interact with your product? The category of digital human modeling software is fast becoming an important tool for engineers to proactively analyze the human fit of their product or workplace before it is built.
NexGen Ergonomics of Montreal, has just released the first update to its HumanCAD digital modeling software since it was released last March. HumanCAD is a unified human modeling software architecture with a more intuitive interface, a plugin system for importing and exporting files with the major CAD tools along with new inverse kinematics.
The new release features the ErgoTools modules, which includes the HumanCAD 3D static biomechanical model as well as interfaces to the University of Michigan 3DSSPP and the 1991 NIOSH lifting equation. Other new features include new camera management that allows for the creation of custom viewpoints and cameras, a new library of hand postures and a variety of bug fixes and enhancements. With this release, HumanCAD also now runs natively on Mac OS X, on both Intel and PowerPC architectures.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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