So "Design for test" would be a robust subset of what you're communicating to us.
Encountered any "game changers" in the design field recently?? Had any chance to look at the Leap Motion product, get any feel for how design tools might be about to make an evolutionary jump? While I ponder their claim to 0.01mm detection/resolution (watch for their "writing within a one centimeter square" in their YouTube video), I am struck by how their "cloud of link-interconnected websites" correlates so visually with our "cloud of design-specific particulars needing to be considered during the design process" -- and how gestural access into that cloud would appear to simplify USING that data.
If you go to the LEAP website, you can get your name on the list as a potential developer, which would give you a free spatial "recognizer space" device AND access to their SDK. Just don't crowd ME out, please!
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