During the 18th and 19th centuries, the most sophisticated new technologies often focused on agriculture. During the space shuttle's November trip, the high-tech marvel of the 20th and 21st centuries also focused on agriculture. The shuttle carried an Agricultural Camera, which took visible and infrared images of growing crops, rangeland, grasslands, forests and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions. The AgCam was built by students and faculty at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Those photos should benefit farmers and ranchers and help them protect the environment. It will also aid in flood monitoring and wild fire mapping.
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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