So you're not "Hawaii Five-O's" Steve McGarrett, but wouldn't it be cool to have flashing lights and a siren on your car? John Graham's circuit makes it all possible – if you have a Pinewood Derby car made out of wood and plastic wheels. In John's car, coin-cell batteries power a microcontroller that flashes blue and red LEDs on the car's top and a buzzer simulates a two-tone police siren. "Book 'em, Danno – grand theft auto."
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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