Is your kid is among the legions waiting with baited breath for Christmas morning to unwrap their presents, hoping for a Harry Potter LEGO® set? You can’t wait to see their face, but at the same time, you’re dreading the work of deciphering the manual and assembling the zillions of tiny pieces to create something recognizable.
Autodesk, pushing its 3-D agenda, is promising to help. Using Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer, the firm is making 3-D interaction instructions available to consumers for the latest Harry PotterTM HogwartsTM Castle–one of the hottest toys this holiday season. The 3-D guide translates 196 pages of instructions to help parents and kids figure out exactly how to assemble the 1,290 pieces and 11 mini figures. The instructions will debut in the next update of the existing Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer available on the Apple App store later this month and are available for download from Autodesk.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
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.
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