You leave your cubicle to get a cup of coffee. You get a few feet and hear a phone ring. Is it yours? You dash back and nope, not yours. You head back for the coffee and hear a phone ring again...
Alan Vogel has a gadget that solves that aggravating problem. His Remote Telephone Indicator turns on a light above the cubicle when your phone is the one ringing. The gadget is relatively simple. You don't have to open the phone and add wires. It senses when your phone is ringing and sends a signal to the light posted high above your cubicle. Even from a distance, you can see that your cubicle’s phone is the one that’s ringing.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.