Disney has put its imagineers to work once again, and this time they brought in the astronauts. Walt Disney World's Epcot Center opened up its "Mission: SPACE" ride in October, sending kids and adults alike on a trip to Mars via a combination of visual imaging, motion control, and centrifuge technology. Once inside the fictitious X-2 Deep-Space Shuttle, riders play the role of commander, pilot, navigator, or engineer, while experiencing accelerations found in spaceflight.
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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