Nintendo's Wii ($250 at Circuit City) is bringing more realism to the gaming world, using plenty of high-powered technology to make users feel like they're actually in the game. STMicroelectronics Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) acceleration sensors let players' wrist, arm and hand movements control games. The module's 5 × 5 × 1.5 mm³form factor lets it fit in the user interface, and its 10,000g shock resistance helps it survive when the controller flies loose.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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