As a family who's away a lot on weekends, the idea of having a thermostat be able to learn our behavior and adjust accordingly for energy savings is pretty cool. I always try to remember to turn down the thermostat prior to leaving, but sometimes the craziness of trying to get a family up and out gets in the way. Not sure I agree with the founder that the look of NEST is more appealing than a simple white digital thermostat on the wall. But I did like what he said about their battery strategy in terms of getting the longest life out of their units.
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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