Employees might complain about offices and cubicles, but at least they're productive there. Recent surveys show that most workers don't like to travel. It takes two days to catch up once they're back in their cubicle, say half of the 600 business travelers polled by the Kensington Technology Group (www.kensington.com/html/4000.html). Half of the travelers in another study—this one by the Business Travel Monitor—say they don't get enough sleep on business trips. (Take note, hotel bed designers.) Teleconferencing seems to be benefiting, with most market researchers showing annual growth rates of 40-50% in that sector. Maybe we'll see Frequent Caller benefits!
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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