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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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