While the media has given a lot of attention to "going green," consumers are a bit ho-hum, according to Yankelovich research. In a survey of 2,763 consumers, the firm found only 34 percent are more concerned about environmental issues than a year ago. Fewer than 22 percent believe they can make a difference with it comes to the environment. "Consumers are not drinking the Kool-Aid when it comes to green," says J. Walker Smith, president of Yankelovich. "While they're highly aware of environmental issues due to the glut of media attention, 'going green' in their everyday life is not a big concern or high priority." The survey shows only 13 percent of respondents have a passionate interest in the environment, while 48 percent are either unmoved or simply don't care.
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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