Engineers may not care all that much about the label on their jeans, but when it comes to their cars, style is another story entirely. Of the Design News' readers participating in our exclusive automotive survey, 80% of the respondents rated "appearance" as an important or very important consideration in the purchase of their next passenger vehicle (outranking key features like fuel efficiency and engine type!). We're more interested, though, in the 4.5% of engineers who say they don't give a rap what their car looks like. In the words of one reader, "The only thing I care about is that it works. Then, I might think about getting it washed." Spoken like, perhaps a true engineer. For more results from our exclusive survey, see page 80.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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