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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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