This battery power device does not play MP3 tunes, but it does have an audible alarm output. The alarm sounds when a film of water bridges the contacts of the unit’s integrated electronic sensor. However, condensation or high humidity will not cause the sensor to trigger the alarm. Operating from a 9V battery that lasts about one year, the unit also provides an audible low battery “chirp” to warn of a low-battery condition. Typical applications include basement sump pumps, drain areas and sprinkler systems in residential homes, as well as commercial buildings.
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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