When Toyota announced its decision to enter into a joint
venture with California-based Tesla Motors Inc., it was a boon to lithium-based
battery technology. The venture is likely to deliver lithium battery technology
to a wider audience than the high-end specialty market. Nissan has also made a
commitment to lithium technology with its all-electric Leaf
which starts as low as $20,000 after rebates. The technology was first
mass-produced in the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid which arrived in U.S. showrooms last
year. Toyota and Nissan are expanding the use of this technology by adding lithium
batteries to lower-end vehicles.
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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