America's High-Tech Quandary
Features 12/5/2005 Post a comment In the U.S., engineering has lost the prestige it once enjoyed. Now, the country must figure out how to stay competitive with China, India, and other Asian countries determined to become the next engineering superpowers.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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