Recording and analyzing human motion is transforming fields as disparate as sports science, computer animation and medical rehabilitation. The Moven motion capture suit from Xsens Motion Technologies records full-body human motion in a broad range of environments, not just labs. Its 16 sensors, which include two accelerometers and three gyroscopes from Analog Devices’ iMEMS line, can be located anywhere on the body, simplifying setup. The suit measures 6 degrees of freedom gathered 100 times per sec, then sent via a wireless link. Direct measurement of acceleration and angular velocity simplifies internal force and momentum calculations so more data can be captured and analyzed.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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