Cyber Aerospace Corp. has recently unveiled its new AeroSphere SA-60—a lighter-than-air craft that employs a spherical design and reportedly holds the world altitude record. Designed for testing and use by the military for battlefield surveillance, the airship also comes with multiple system platforms that are compatible with all altitudes up to 70,000 ft. A low-altitude version is available, the company says, and can hover at 15,000 ft for 48 to 72 hours with a full payload of cameras and sensing devices. To learn more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-548.
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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