Rising energy costs are a double whammy for hotels, which are seeing fewer guests during the recession. A ZigBee controller from Control4 lets managers and guests manage the in-room television, video-on-demand, music, smart lighting, temperature and security systems. Hoteliers can reduce energy waste, adjusting lights and HVAC to occupancy. The Suite Controller SC-200's RF signals let guests control TVs and other equipment without line-of-sight issues. The unit also helps attract guests, letting them personalize their entertainment with MP3 and USB inputs, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Using a single controller for lights, temperature and TV can also simplify the user experience.
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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