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.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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