Like a tadpole losing its tail, the Aquastrada Delta amphibious vehicle
cruises the shore, then climbs up onto it. Created by a team of engineers in
Carmel, CA, the vehicle achieves top speeds of 100 mph on the road and 45 mph on
water, says chief designer Gary Gere. With a 139-inch wheelbase, the 18-foot,
2,830-pound Delta is no minnow.
Aquastrada International Corp. is patenting or has patented many aspects of the vehicle design, and will display it at the New York International Boat Show this month. Look for production models in 1997. The price: $150,000.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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