Employees might complain about offices and cubicles, but at least they're productive there. Recent surveys show that most workers don't like to travel. It takes two days to catch up once they're back in their cubicle, say half of the 600 business travelers polled by the Kensington Technology Group (www.kensington.com/html/4000.html). Half of the travelers in another study—this one by the Business Travel Monitor—say they don't get enough sleep on business trips. (Take note, hotel bed designers.) Teleconferencing seems to be benefiting, with most market researchers showing annual growth rates of 40-50% in that sector. Maybe we'll see Frequent Caller benefits!
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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