Fielding 13 teams from the U.S., Korea, and Germany, the 8th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition took place April 10 in Tucson, AZ. The contest judges entries in separate MAV design competitions. The first-ever ornithopter competition, for example, judges MAVs that mimic the flight of insects and birds based on speed and maneuverability (University of Arizona placed first). For more information on other categories of the competition, and a list of the winning teams, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-549.
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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