Great technologies often get the hype, but often wind up not going anywhere. Take night vision. First introduced in the 2000 Cadillac Deville, it ranked third in a list of the automotive features consumers crave most, according to a recent J.D. Powers study. When night vision's market price ($1,800) was revealed, though, the technology plummeted to number 19. Consumers may think it's cool, but clearly aren't willing to vote with their checkbooks.
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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