Le Mans, France —During the 24-hr race at Le Mans (June 17-18), information flowed from General Motors race cars via the Internet to homes around the world, providing a new perspective on the term "spectator sport." GM's demonstration of its ability to connect vehicles to the Internet allowed anyone with Internet access to see first-hand what had previously been exclusive to drivers and pit crews. Telemetry data from four Cadillac and Corvette entries included speed, braking, rpm, and lateral g-forces. The experience included real-time positions of the cars on the course, and allowed viewers to see through the drivers' eyes during the day and even at night through in-car cameras and the first ever road-racing use of Cadillac's exclusive Night Vision technology.
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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