Here's a bike that runs entirely on electricity. Zero Motorcycles of Santa Cruz, CA has introduced the Zero DS, a fully electric, dual-sport motorcycle built for both the city street and the dirt trail. The Zero DS was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Each component on the bike — such as aircraft-grade aluminum with lightweight strength — was designed to minimize weight and maximize energy density. The Zero DS is emissions free, and its parts are non-toxic and almost entirely recyclable. The bike's power pack consists of lithium-ion cells that are landfill-approved.
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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