How far can $6 million take you? The latest answer might be as far as the moon. Newly open for bidding on eBay is the "Moon Crash Project" from Orbital Development (http://rbi.ims.ca/3850-566), which asks for at least $6 million to launch a spacecraft that'll carry 22 lbs (10 kg) of personal cargo to be smashed into the lunar terrain. Gregory Nemitz, President of Orbital Development, told CNN that the project might be "attractive to some bored rich guy who's tired of playing with his radio-controlled model airplanes and wants to move up to the next level." In addition, the company would return digital photos of the lunar journey and the impact as part of the project.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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