Ten years ago, inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen launched the first FIRST Robotics Competition with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. This year, over 800 teams nationwide will participate in over 20 regional events and a national championship event in Houston, TX in April. The kickoff event for 2003 was held on January 4, where participants learned details on the game rules and strategies for this year. Stay tuned for more details as the competition gets underway.
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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