The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) are co-sponsoring the 2004 North American Robot Safety Conference from March 24 to 26 in Toronto. Attendees will have the chance to learn to apply the Z432–Safeguarding of Machinery standard to a robot system environment; learn about accident prevention strategies; participate in panel discussions with technical experts; and share in case studies on integration projects, including working with an integrator. For information on the conference, including a list of exhibitors, visit www.roboticsonline.com/public/calendar/index.cfm.
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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