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.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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