When one LED fails, what will be the ability to replace it? Will the entire hundred-odd LED assembly need to be replaced? Or is it a more modular design (say, 10-LED segments)?
They may be longer-lived than incandescents, but LEDs DO fail (North Charleston's traffic signals, discussed previously). A single LED failure on this tail light assembly will turn this admittedly pretty and cool design into a gap-toothed jack-o-lantern.
The LED racetrack might be a little "mod" for my tastes, but it's definitely going to appeal to folks looking for a certain look for their vehicle. I think it's great that LEDs have finally reached a price point where they can be more widely leveraged both for providing pizazz to a car's design and for great utility in terms of lighting options.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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