Cracked Mac bruises Apple?
News 12/18/2000 Post a comment The Power Mac G4 Cube from Apple has drawn some catty comments from a few users who contend that the acrylic enclosure on the computer tends to develop unattractive cracks.
News 12/18/2000 Post a comment Keeping passengers cool in the 2001 PT Cruiser was a design challenge involving efficiency.
CAD walks Sony's dog on the Web
News 12/18/2000 Post a comment Now that CAD packages such as SolidWorks and Solid Edge are offering Web-publishing capabilities for 3D solid models, users are tapping their vast databases to put parts libraries and online catalogs on their web sites.
Titanium affords a long-life muffler
News 12/18/2000 1 comment While titanium is more expensive than stainless steel used in current high-performance mufflers, it is about half the density (with the same strength) and virtually impervious.
News 12/18/2000 Post a comment Hod Lipson, a mechanical engineer, and Jordan Pollack, a computer scientist, want to make robots so affordable that an average person could own 100 of them.
Comsats on wheels
News 12/4/2000 Post a comment Delphi Automotive Systems has demonstrated one of the first mobile Satellite Digital Audio Receiver Service (SDARS) systems to make a connection to a digital radio signal.
The winner is...
News 12/4/2000 Post a comment The neat looking mystery car we asked readers to identify in the annual auto issue of Design News (DN 10.02.2000, p. 34) is the Saab Quantum III roadster, seen on the cover of the July 8, 1964 issue.
Play like the pros
News 12/4/2000 Post a comment The i.S18 ChipSystemTracquet, a collaboration from HEAD Sports AG (Phoenix, AZ) and Continuum Control Corp. (Billerica, MA), is designed to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, providing more power than a conventional racquet.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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