"Low mass" sensor monitors forces in seat belts and other restraining harnesses. The sensor uses a "three bar" system, which minimizes errors caused by belt thickness effects. The low wrap angles used with this concept create minimum webbing disturbance, reduce the forces in the sensor, and permit large reductions in sensor weight. Low sensor weight is important for crash testing applications where the sensor undergoes large deceleration forces.
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A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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