Some pretty interesting product and systems design information comes across my desk every week. But some things just tend to stand out … like an unmanned ocean-going vessel designed to operate on its own for up to two years while conducting any number of sea-based research projects like storm tracking and ocean floor mapping.
With operating parameters such as this, the automation and control systems onboard have to handle everything from navigation and power management to data collection and communication. On top of all that, the vessel has to generate its own power via wind and solar.
Like I said … interesting stuff. You can learn more about it via the video link below.
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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