Sometimes the music around you just doesn’t fit your mood. The Jukebox Hero designed by Zach Glueckert, Kevin Wills and Ross Bulkley may solve that problem. It can operate as a normal Jukebox with individual songs available. It can also operate on “mood” mode. The gadget uses sensors to identify temperature, light and sound in order to detect environmental mood. The Jukebox sensors can determine eight individual moods and each mood is tied to predetermined CD tracks. So, as the lights go down and the joint gets quiet, you’ll soon hear Frank Sinatra croon, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” That is, unless the Jukebox operator has intentionally programmed the Clash to disrupt quiet moments at a party.
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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