Caterpillar Inc. is boosting its efforts to license its intellectual product portfolio, which includes 7,000 patents. The Technology Licensing Group at Cat (www.cat.com/products/shared/technology_products/technology_products.html) has ruggedized techniques for electronic packaging, thermal and vibration analysis, and mixed signal techniques, as well as mechanical and manufacturing technologies. Engine and motion controls are a big part of the technology portfolio.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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