Monday, June 27, 2011

Collaborative tinkering

Meriam-Webster defines tinkering as:
"to repair, adjust, or work with something in an unskilled or experimental manner"

Its what one of my younger brothers did during high school on the long summer afternoons when the rest of us took a nap. He pulled out all the broken old things like radios, etc and took them apart and tried to put them back together.

SimInsights is making simulation tools that enable virtual tinkering in collaboration with your friends. You can tinker with a model of a machine or circuit, then send a link to your friend so he or she can tinker with it. With tinkering comes experience which eventually helps build intuition and insights. Those insights differentiate a great scientist or engineer from a good one. Companies all around the world are tinkering with simulation tools to design better products in less time and with less money. Why shouldn't young people do the same?

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