Want to see some nifty fluid applications measured in drops rather than gallons? Visit www.amtec.com/contours/issue17/pom.html to see Amtec's Plot of the Month using the companies Tecplot data plotting and visualization software. Recent visualizations have included an animation of fluid flow carrying DNA through a microchip reaction chamber. The chamber has several 20-micron diameter pillars to increase surface area available for "probe" molecules bound to the chamber surface. This plot came from Coventor, a Cary, NC-based provider of MEMS design tools. Other Coventor images include a programmable electric-potential fluid processor for droplets and a microfluidic mixer for mixing reagents on a biochip.
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 vehicleís 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 thatís 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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