Ten years ago, inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen launched the first FIRST Robotics Competition with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. This year, over 800 teams nationwide will participate in over 20 regional events and a national championship event in Houston, TX in April. The kickoff event for 2003 was held on January 4, where participants learned details on the game rules and strategies for this year. Stay tuned for more details as the competition gets underway.
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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