Omron's ZS smart measurement sensor combines two-dimensional CMOS imaging with precise laser measurement to serve in applications in the automotive, electronic parts assembly and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Its 110 µs response time and 0.25 µm resolution enable it to inspect moving work pieces and capture data on the fly. Omron offers five different sensor heads for the ZS, for distances ranging from 20 to 200 mm, measuring ranges from ±1 to ±50 mm. The sensor can be expanded to include multi-controller unit for calculations, a data storage unit for data logging, and software for setup and reporting. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-506.
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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