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66 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2019 Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter, North Carolina Chapter Leader: Tony Cosentino In next month's column, the RTP Chapter will report on PCB Carolina 2019, which will take place on November 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina. AltiumLive 2019 This annual event—which takes place in both the U.S., as mentioned earlier, as well as in Europe (Frankfurt, Germany)—creates lots of industry buzz and has gained tons of trac- tion over the past few years. This year's key- note speakers included Eric Bogatin, Robert Fe- ranec, Joe Grand, and Bob Martin in addition to industry technical sessions led by Rick Hart- ley, Gary Ferrari, Mike Creeden, Susy Webb, Tara Dunn, Pete Wilson, Linda Mazzitelli, Max Seeley and Carl Schattke, Ari Mahpour, Sha- shank Samala, and many others. The Altium Technical Team also covered the University Day courses, and the feedback from this year's attendees has been overwhelmingly positive, as reported to me from my dear friend and col- league, Judy Warner, director of community engagement at Altium. As always, it's great to see and hear of the continued activities, from professional development to knowledge shar- ing and networking, taking place at various in- dustry events. IPC CID/CID+ Certification Success We also continue to have successful IPC CID and CID+ certification classes. The feedback from attendees of these classes is extremely positive. They are an excellent source of pro- fessional development. If you are not yet CID/ CID+ certified, I highly recommend these certi- fication courses as a path for continued educa- tion in PCB design. The remaining IPC Advanced Certified In- terconnect Designer CID+ training session for 2019 is scheduled for December 3–6 in Man- chester, New Hampshire. Note: Dates and lo- cations are subject to change, and a minimum enrollment of seven students is required for a class to be held. Contact EPTAC Corporation to check current dates and availability. DESIGN007 The IPC Designers Council is an internation- al network of designers. Its mission is to pro- mote printed circuit board design as a profes- sion and to encourage, facilitate, and promote the exchange of information and integration of new design concepts through communications, seminars, workshops, and professional certifi- cation through a network of local chapters. Stephen Chavez, MIT, CID+, is a member of the IPC Designers Coun- cil Executive Board and chairman of the communications subcommit- tee. To read past columns or contact Chavez, click here. A new interface developed by researchers in Bristol and Paris takes touch technology to the next level. The Skin-On interface, developed by researchers in the Faculty of Engineer- ing at the University of Bristol in partnership with Telecomm ParisTech and Sorbonne University, mimics human skin in appearance but also in sensing resolution. In the study, researchers created a phone case, computer touchpad and smartwatch to demonstrate how touch gestures on the Skin-On interface can convey expressive messages for computer-mediated communication with humans or virtual characters. The authors are inviting developers with an in- terest in Skin-On interfaces to get in touch. (Source: University of Bristol) Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices

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