The 2006 Michelin Challenge Design (www.michelinchallengedesign.com) features California as the geographic focus for the design forum. Designers must combine vehicle aesthetics with vehicle technology, and must also incorporate an alternative power train, consider the effect of that power train on tire size and appearance, and define the role that electronic transducers embedded in the tire could play in the tire/vehicle system. Submissions will be accepted until April 15. Selected works will be displayed at the North American International Auto Show.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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