This dry-land fish swims to the music of connected, hand-held MP3 or iPod players and has a built-in speaker for operation without a headset. In addition, the unit has multicolored flashing lights and produces sound effects. Even without connecting the I-FISH, its face and tail light up and it wiggles to the beat of music when it is placed in front of a speaker. Depending on the song, the unit displays one of four music-based personalities — for example, country music soothes it. Touching the top of its head triggers a “fish song.” Analog circuitry provides the amplification for the speaker and for powering the array of LED lights.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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