For many owners of iPods and other MP3 players, collecting accessories is almost as much fun as listening to music.
Griffin Technology is making the most of this obsession with products like the iFM, which provides a radio and remote for the iPod. Users can control the iPod remotely or switch to FM radio. Microchip Technology Inc.'s PIC microcontroller provides control to the display and user interface, as well as communication with the iPOD. Griffin's iFM weighs only 0.6 oz.
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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