Have an idea for an innovative product sitting around in your head, but never have the time or the wherewithal to kick any kind of serious effort into high (or even low) gear? If so, here’s a Web site to check out. Quirky.com, which is being billed as a social network for product development, is trying to become the launching pad for the best ideas among those countless product doodles tucked away in pockets, drawers and notebooks.
Founded by a 22-year, serial entrepreneur Ben Kaufman, Quirky lets anyone submit their product idea for $99 and then the community of users vote, rate and influence those ideas. After a seven-day evaluation period, the Quirky community chooses one of the products as the idea of the week and the social networking spin on the collaborative product development process begins.
The chosen product is put on the Quirky Web site where “influencers” can vote and contribute to all aspects of product’s development, from ideation, design, naming, manufacturing, even marketing and sales. Once the product is completed, it’s pre-sold at the Quirky online store and when (and if) it meets a threshold, it then moves on to production and delivery. The original idea owner and the “influencers” get a cut of the sales. Quirky says even those idea owners who don’t get chosen walk away with valuable research and analytics about their product to help them if they choose to move forward and build the product on their own.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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