Working in a cramped coach seat during a flight or controlling a distant PC while presenting in a large room pose different challenges, but they can both be addressed with the Air Mouse from Gyration. The mouse uses a 2.4 GHz RF link to connect to a PC up to 100 ft away. It senses movements in any direction without requiring a mouse pad or other surface, letting users in constrained areas hold the mouse in any position. STMicroelectronics’ MEMS 3-D motion sensors and 8-bit microcontrollers monitor movements. Identical technology is also used in a Music Remote for the home. It can transmit through walls.
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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