Analog Devices' AD7142 programmable 16-bit capacitance-to-digital converter is able to adjust to rapidly changing climatic conditions, making it a candidate for touch sensing in mobile devices, such as cellular handsets, MP3 players and digital cameras. The device's power consumption is said to be 50 percent less than that of competitors, thus making it less of a current draw in battery-powered applications. For more information go to AD7142.
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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