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.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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