The FIRST competition, designed to get high school students interested in science and technology, continues to expand. Founded in 1992, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology gives students six weeks to design, build, program and test robots that match up in regional contests and culminate with an international championship meet in Atlanta, GA, April 16-18. More than 42,000 students from 10 countries received parts' kits with 604 items. This year, that includes MPC5200 Power microprocessors from Freescale Semiconductor. The contest rewards both good designs and collaboration. The latter includes working with competing teams, as well as with team members.
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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