You don’t hear much about SAP’s PLM offering, but there was some interesting news on that front this week. SAP is licensing and integrating Right Hemisphere’s 2-D and 3-D visualization technology into its PLM Solution to serve as the base for viewing, collaborating and publishing graphical product data. The technology will surface in the next release of SAP PLM, slated to ship later this year. The pair are also working on tighter integration between their products, which will enable SAP users to incorporate additional Right Hemisphere software products into their IT infrastructures for help with 2-D and 3-D product graphics authoring and publishing. By incorporating Right Hemisphere’s Deep Server product, for example, companies can get a holistic and visual view of their product data, including pricing, ordering and service information. Deep Server automatically merges visual data from engineering and text-based data from SAP to create this holistic view.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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