Privacy advocates take note, if researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have their way, law enforcement officials will soon detect terrorists, kidnappers, and other bad boys though walls and doors with a new radar flashlight. The radar device sends out electromagnetic energy and then detects a return signal that indicates the presence of persons based on their respiration. Results are displayed as bar graphs on a screen, which rise and fall in rhythmic response to the respiration of the person on the other side of the wall. The device works through brick, wood, plasterboard, glass, and concrete walls up to eight inches thick and at distances of up to approximately ten feet. The Georgia Institute of Technology has filed a patent for the device. For more information, contact Gene Greneker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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