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Content posted in August 2011
Ahhaproject Designs Bridge Function & Aesthetics
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8/29/2011  8 comments
Korean-based design firm Ahhaproject is creating innovative product designs for Electrolux and others.
Manufacturers Should Also Practice Common Courtesy
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8/22/2011  4 comments
Blogger TJ McDermott says he is stymied by yet another system where LEDs indicating inputs and outputs "seem to have absolutely no correlation to program numbers."
Large Manufacturers Need Common Sense, Too
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8/12/2011  10 comments
A major industrial controls manufacturer is lacking some basic common sense.
Composite Mesh Could House Solar Panels
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8/11/2011  5 comments
A functional composite woven textile mesh may be used to transform a major Australian eyesore into a design masterpiece at a cost of around $16.5 million.




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