My limited experience with graphical programming is that of using LabView for a test set that a customer requested, rather than my usual programming language of choice. I am not a big fan of graphical programming although I know a lot of folks are - I do get concerned because I think that "you can focus on engineering/design concepts, instead of teaching a programming language" may be a good start for getting young people interested - but if you don't learn a programming language, you sacrifice the ability to have low level control when you need it.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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