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Solid State Compass

A Solid State Compass is as the name suggests, a compass with no moving parts. They are tiny, meant to be integrated onto a microchip, as a direct sensor device. They are usually constructed out of three magnetic field sensors set at 120 degrees offset from one another, using triangulation to determine the actual direction being faced.

Solid State Compasses are essential sensors for augmented reality interfaces, in order to determine which way the user is facing as part of a position monitoring system. This is used alongside other position monitoring sensors to ensure the virtual data is correctly overlaid on the physical world data.

See Also: Magnetic Field Sensor, GPS, Acquisition Time, DGPS, LAAS, Pictorial Format Avionics

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Simulating the Connection Between Fluid Droplets and a Solid Surface
German researchers develop a simulation that approaches fluid dynamics from a new angle. Considering the makeup of the solid structures the droplets hit, as every bit as important as the physics of the droplet itself.

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Hydroxyapatite Bone Grafts
Pennsylvania State University researcher Henry J. Donahue, Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Penn State College of Medicine, has found a use for the inorganic material hydroxyapatite, in covering sterilized implants so that they form a natural bond with on-site bone, fusing together over time.

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The Dawn of 3D Printed Prosthetics
In a previous article, Are prosthetics Obsolete? Priced out of The Heal Game, we took a look at the state of the prosthetics industry, which is in a state of disrepair due to costs. This article examines one possible solution to the spiraling cost of prosthetics, already being implemented.

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Using Simple Brains to Understand the Mechanics of Emotion
Emotion is a tricky beast. We still do not fully understand what triggers a given emotion, in terms of the neurochemical signals in the brain, despite several years of study. This is because of the difficulty of determining whether an electrical pattern is triggering an emotional state, or is caused in response to an emotional state.

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VR Cultural Icons: Lightcycles
Light cycles are an icon of VR, that crop up again and again, in all manner of media. Two-wheeled motorcycles that leave a solid wall of light behind them, as a type of exhaust.

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Quick Start: Developing Your Character
A solid, and badly needed guideline on creating a character which is sensible, and believable. Covers the creation of the backstory, and motivation for your character's actions - a point often missed by the new, or casual role-player.

Written by Lee Sheldon, a professional entertainment writer, with such credits as Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Charlie's Angels", and "Edge of Night" to his name, this book is all about writing good, solid, sweeping plots for interactive entertainment.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Tribology
This fair-size tutorial takes a good, solid look at friction, starting out with the scientific overview, then moving on to how you go about coding the use of friction into your engine. Well illustrated, includes code. A very good article.

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Populating Ghostville Part 3: The Long Haul
Advertising worked, your world is starting to feel wityh people. So, what happens now? This is the point at which you stop being developers and become 'community managers'. This article will give you some good, solid tips on how to proceed, to manage your community, to nurture it, and to prune out some of the weeds.

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Introduction to Augmented Reality: Hitlab
This promotional video by the Human Interface Technology Lab, is a little dated now, but serves as a good solid introduction to the possibilities inherent in augmented reality. High on visuals and demonstrations, low on technical specs.


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Samsung has developed one of the largest-capacity and highest-speed solid state drives to date.

Samsung announced the development of a 2.5-inch, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) at the fifth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum ...

A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward the ultimate dream of building a quantum computer.

They also used the two-qubit superconduc...

Designed as drop-in replacements for hard-disk drives (HDDs), SanDisk's new second generation module has a SATA interface to meet new netbook design requirements. The SATA interface offers a significant boost in performance rendering these...

Researchers from the universities in Mainz, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Ulm have proposed a new platform for quantum simulation. In a theoretical paper recently published in Physical Review Letters, they show that a combined system of ultracold...

The compact, solid-state fan, developed with support from NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program, is the most powerful and energy efficient fan of its size. It produces three times the flow rate of a typical small mechanical fan ...