Until very recently, almost all successful crowd funding camapigns were consumer electronics based. It was as if everyone in Silicon Valley was either starting a new company or giving money to help out their friends or both.
Things have expanded over the last few years. Start up denim companies have been funded with well over $500k. Movies are being produced (Veronica Mars fans rejoice!).
It follows the "Maker" trend. People want to be a part of something.
I'm really intrigued by the concept of using crowdfunding for new product ideas. This method is a fresh and innovative way to generate venture capital for the development of new products during these challenging economic times. Hats off to Scanadu for using this technique so successfully.
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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