Power Trip for Mobile
phones, PDAs, digital cameras and a host of other consumer products are seeing
phenomenal growth, fueled by the constant addition of functions that create more
excitement in the marketplace. But for engineers, this increase in features
poses a big challenge: how to do more while also extending battery life.
is one of the hottest aspects of design today. It ís important in everything
from autos to testing equipment and more. Prolonging battery life is at the
heart of power management today, and that often includes controlling heat,
controlling refresh rates, shutting down functions when they arenít needed, and
judicious component selection. Indeed, managing power consumption entails
critical thinking about nearly every component in the system, from controllers
to displays to power converters, as well as software.
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 itís probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps itís 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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