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PlayStation 3’s ability to blast data between chips is one of the secrets to a mind-bending gaming experience

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Photo-illustration: Smalldog Imageworks; Player photo: Vincent Ricardel/Getty Images

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If you believe the prerelease hype, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is the machine that is going to change the way we experience games. This past May, gamers got a taste of some much-awaited PS3 titles during the E3 conference in Los Angeles. In Resistance: Fall of Man, a first-person shooter set in a devastated England overrun by creepy creatures, bullets zip and thunk with stunning clarity, and blood sprays with gruesome realism. In Heavenly Sword, tables and bodies fly as in a martial arts movie while you face enemy squads controlled by artificial intelligence algorithms. And in Gran Turismo HD, a dozen racing cars speed and skid through the streets of Tokyo or on a dusty rally circuit that has the Grand Canyon as a backdrop.

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Medal of Honor Goes to Microsensor and Systems Pioneer

The UCLA professor developed aerospace and automotive safety systems

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UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

IEEE Life Fellow Asad M. Madni is the recipient of this year’s IEEE Medal of Honor. He is being recognized “for pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of innovative sensing and systems technologies, and for distinguished research leadership.”

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Video Friday: An Agile Year

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Video Friday: An Agile Year

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2022: 23–27 May 2022, Philadelphia
ERF 2022: 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Germany
CLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, Açores, Portugal

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

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Adhesives Gain Popularity for Wearable Devices

Adhesive formulations help with challenging assembly of wearables and medical sensors

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A major challenge in wearable device assembly is to maximize the reliability of embedded circuits while keeping the package thin and flexible.

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There are some fundamental things to consider when deciding what is the right adhesive for the assembly of electronic wearable devices. Miniaturization of devices, and the need to meet critical performance specifications with multiple substrates, require an analysis of which chemical composition is most suitable to satisfy the required parameters.

These preliminary decisions are often predicated on the tradeoffs between different adhesive chemistries. They may vary widely, and in many cases are essential in achieving the needed goals in adhering parts and surfaces properly.

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