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 mm≥form factor lets it fit in the user interface, and its 10,000g shock resistance helps it survive when the controller flies loose.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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