Celestron's SkyScout personal planetarium ($399 at Amazon.com) lets stargazers instantly identify or locate over 6,000 celestial objects, then provides commentary on the planet or star. It employs a pair of ADXL322 iMEMS accelerometers from Analog Devices, which complement the unit's GPS receiver. They provide accurate inclination measurements so the SkyScout knows what angle the device is pointing relative to the earth's surface. The camcorder-sized device won an adventure gear award from National Geographic last year.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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