Changing the sound of an electric guitar no longer requires plugging in to a number of different amps and special effect pedals. Instead, the pocket-sized POD family from Line 6 digitally models the tones of various amplifiers, effects and cabinets. The battery-powered Pocket POD mimics 32 classic and modern amp models, 16 cabinet models and 16 effects. If that's not enough, 300 sonic presets developed by musicians including 311, Maroon 5 and Dashboard Confessional provide more tone settings and another 5,000 presets are available at www.CustomTone.com. Editing software also lets users create their own presets. Freescale's Symphony audio DSP56364 provides the DSP and control capability.
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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