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.
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 vehicle’s 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 that’s 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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