Nice video, Rich. I thought "geek" had lost its pejorative slant. My daughter and her friends proudly call themselves geeks. Maybe someone should tell Wiki. BTW, it's great to see the propeller hat has gone electric. Mine is still acoustic. Rats.
Rich, I was going to make some serious comment agreeing with you that engineers are the creative ones in the science and engineering world. Then the propellor hat came out and I had to laugh. I like that it is battery powered. Shows progress.
Back in about 1963 I read a reference to circus geeks, which upon much closer examination was referencing those people who did the hard labor of setting up the tents and rigging for a traveling circus. While they were certainly willing and able to do the hard work, and often not very sociable with non-circus folk, they never appeared to me to be burdened with "excess intelligence", although they certainly did seem to know what their jobs were.
So I suspect that the word geek is one of those whose meaning has been changed over the years by chronic misuse, usually promoted by the "news" media.
While geeks may be the dudes (and dudettes, I know, Not PC...) may be the ones who control the world, they are also the ones who put out those stupid OS's that drive us nuts and also put out the update to Android that breaks the phone app, creates conditions for lockups and generally drive us nuts on web pages that are changed, but not improved.
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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