Often ideas are the very core of a new or significantly changed product - eminently patentable and valuable. A means needs be created to enable to discuss such matters in private as already mentioned, but additionally a means needs to be created, stronger than NDAs, to protect the idea-person's rights.
Ann, An interesting discussion platform that's growing in popularity among larger websites is www.disqus.com. The goal is to use create participation using a variety of formats including breaking news, hot discussions, live events and even video content.
One way of getting around any unwieldiness would be to create a collaborative App around some of the more enlightening contributions to the DESIGN iDEAS which could be accessed by the Design fraternity.
Imagine an App for "Problems & Solutions in Aircraft Manufacturing" or the "A-Z of Battery Manufacturing" gleaned from the collaborative effort of numerous engineers and designers.
Imagine an App around the fascinating "Sherlock Ohms" series.etc.
Imagine a cross polliation to EDN and other sister publications........
Well Ann, engineering.com has a large site which over the years has become somewhat unwieldy. There are a large number of forums and it looks like it has become so large as to be problematic. This info is passed along since the Design News idea is a good idea but may suffer from similar woes as it grows.
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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