When I started writing this blog, I promised to flush out bad design. Well, the Maxtor Network Attached Storage back-up drive (model H01R300) I lambasted a few months ago still confounds me. Why? I can't shut it off w/o pulling the power cord which makes me very nervous with a 300GB drive. That's could have been what killed the first unit that I returned.
I press the alleged power switch, hold it in for five seconds like the instructions say and it powers down. But when I release the power button, it comes back on. I am on a rampage to get the kilwatt hours at my home below a grand and have replaced incandescents light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and shut down the hot tub for a month. For sure, the drive is not the worst electricity guzzler in the house, but the noisy hard drive motor is a constant reminder something is switched on when it needn't be.
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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