Perhaps you have a "Big Mouth Billy Bass," given to you circa 2001. If so, its limited repertoire has probably grown stale. As a Gadget Freak reader it probably crossed your mind to teach your "fish" to sing new songs, such as Monty Python's "Lumberjack Song." Well, you can give Big Mouth Billy Bass an ARM-powered brain transplant so it will play .wav files from an attached micro-SD card, and you can choreograph its movements to match.
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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