Working in a cramped coach seat during a flight or controlling a distant PC while presenting in a large room pose different challenges, but they can both be addressed with the Air Mouse from Gyration. The mouse uses a 2.4 GHz RF link to connect to a PC up to 100 ft away. It senses movements in any direction without requiring a mouse pad or other surface, letting users in constrained areas hold the mouse in any position. STMicroelectronics’ MEMS 3-D motion sensors and 8-bit microcontrollers monitor movements. Identical technology is also used in a Music Remote for the home. It can transmit through walls.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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