Two simple things that they could have done to make it better:
- Put an LED on the Air Conditioning button (like the old model had).
- Make the fan speed adjustment more instantaneous.
We like the separate left/right HVAC temperature controls, but the single button mode switch is a real annoyance.
And, then there's the issue of the built-in bluetooth support to cell phones. If you have more than one phone assocated with the system, it won't automatically switch to the phones which are active. Instead, you have to go through a multi-step process to manually select the phone that you want active! I've just been leaving it synched to my wife's phone, as it's too much of a pain to change back and forth....
This sounds like Toyota is following a trend I've seen in car dashboards for some time: clustering more and more functions on a single knob/dial. Considering the fact that there's limited space on the dash and yet more "features" that must be accommodated, this is likely to continue.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.