Interactive games go to the next level using wireless controls that respond to the players' body motion. Using Ninetendo's Wii controller, players can run, jump, spin, slide, steer, accelerate, bank, dive, kick, throw and score. Nintendo engineers selected Analog Devices' ADXL330 for its accuracy, small size and extremely low power consumption. The 3-axis iMEMS accelerometer has a range of ±3.6g, a sensitivity of 300 mV/g, and signal conditioning packed into a 4 × 4-mm LFCSP package. For the rigors of gaming, the unit can withstand a shock level of 10,000g. For more information on Analog Devices' ADXL330 3-axis accelerometer.
The Strati EV car printed at the IMTS show is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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