Keller Products Inc., a supplier of extruded plastic profiles, has developed a family of polymers that glows brightly in the dark, providing light for more than eight hours. These KelBrite plastics can be formulated for flexible or rigid profiles. And they can be co-extruded with other plastics or supplied with adhesive or hook-and-eye backings. Available in green and blue, KelBrite is activated by either artificial light or sunlight. Applications include lifesaving devices, camping and hiking equipment, toys, home assistance products, clothing and footwear, safety devices, and military applications. For more info about Keller Products Inc., visit www.kellerproducts.com.
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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