This system could make an excellent gearing system for wind energy. Low gears for light winds and adapt upwards as the wind increases maximizing the rotation of the mill. Usually mills are single gear and either take a certain amount of wind to start (which can cause the mill to sit still for long periods) or they spin too fast and have to employ a braking system at higher speeds.
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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