I’m always interested in learning about new design tools since the tools we use are so integral to the whole engineering process. Good tools make design fun, while bad tools keep you up late at night cursing at your computer screen. I recently came across a video of MIT’s ASSIST Sketch Understanding System in action. Basically it’s a smart whiteboard on steroids, that allows you to simulate physical systems simply by drawing their initial states and pressing play. I would love to have one of these in our office.
It was developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. You can learn more about that lab here.