ThinkPads are built from up to 30 percent post-consumer content and the company
is using water jugs and used IT equipment to manufacture its LCD covers, palm
rests and cases. Lenovo notes it has used 42 million gross pounds of
post-consumer content in its Think products since 2005.
As part of the company's lifecycle design process, the laptops
also meet Energy Star 5.0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold
in the U.S. for their environmental attributes. The 2010 laptops are 40 percent
more energy efficient than previous Thinkpad laptops, and are shipped in
100-percent recycled packaging that can be tossed into a recycling bin.
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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