Motor Trend magazine and the California International Auto Show have announced that the theme for their sixth-annual International Design Contest is "Brand it Your Way." The contest challenges participants to create a design for a car, truck, or SUV using the concept of an existing brand (for example, how would a car look if it had the elegance of a Rolex?). The deadline for entries is September 13 and the judging will take place on October 27. Awards include a trip to Anaheim, CA for the final round of judging, as well as cash prizes. Register through August 20 at http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-546.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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