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The 3D software industry, which is one of the most important technologies of today and the future, is developing rapidly. Researchers have recently succeeded in developing 3D objects that can detect user interactions.
Unique innovations and breakthroughs are being made every day in order to develop the 3D printing industry, which is seen as the future of object and material creation.
Recently, a team of researchers and scientists working at MIT discovered a way to detect how the printed object will be used.
The software can detect user interaction:
Objects can be printed in 3D and detect how they will be used. For example; Designers who design joystick-like devices can take advantage of 3D printers. In order for this to happen, meta-materials are used in the construction of these objects.
Formerly a doctoral student at MIT and now a research scientist at Apple, Jun Gong's, MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate, Olivia Seow, Cedric Hornet, who works as a research assistant at MIT Media Lab. The article written with the assistance of Jack Forman and Stefanie Mueller; It will be published in "The Association for Computin Machinery Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology” next month.
Metamaterials consist of grids of electrons, so when pressure is applied to the object, the electron facilitates the sliding motion. Thus, "conductive cells" consisting of conductive filament and non-conductive filament are formed, and conductive walls serve as electrodes.
Test; It was made as an input to a Pac-Man game in which a joystick is moved in different directions as a trial.
Moreover, they have created a music controller that adapts to its user's hand. When the user presses one of the buttons, the conductor cells in the structure are compressed and the sensed input is sent to a digital synthesizer. This feature allows designers to design faster and more flexible interactive devices.
What is meta-sense?
The meta-sense (meta-sense) the team created is 3D software that allows users to manually integrate perception into a design made of metamaterial, or the software automatically places conductor cells in optimal positions. Gong said, “The device will simulate how the object will deform when different forces are applied, and then use this simulated deformation to calculate which cells have the maximum distance change. Cells that change the most are the best candidates to become conductor cells,” he explains.
More functions will be added to the software to create more complex devices in the future. For now, the research is supported by the National Science Foundation.