Aiming at hard-to-reach applications that require high precision, Olympus is highlighting its Iplex FX videoscope, which trims weight to 16 lbs including battery. The system unveiled last month is designed for examining aircraft, petrochemical plants and other applications. It uses LEDs to illuminate the insertion tube, which provides viewing angles from 60 to 120 degrees. Data can be stored on the Gbyte of internal memory or CompactFlash cards. A USB connection provides more versatility for downloading data.
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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