The iPhone 8 rumor mill, spurred on by a ceramic Apple Watch, is predicting a ceramic iPhone. The problem is there are several issues with that .. particularly if Apple's design philosophy of pure materials rather than facades still holds.. Manufacturing guru Greg Koenig takes a fascinating crack at rumor debunking.
Standing out in such an environment is not easy. Car design is less restricted, but still, every decade, you see car designs react to new technologies and new regulations and end up in a place where they become forgettable. This is not true of Porsche. As one Porsche design expert is said to have told his underlings, “You are not here to design the most beautiful sports car, you are here to design the best Porsche.” The design language of the Porsche brand is “iconic.”
In 1947, Porsche began work on its 356. In many ways it was like the original iPhone. It wasn’t perfect. It was underpowered. But it was streamlined and aerodynamic. From the 356 to the 911, a distinctive marriage of form, function, design, and brand ruled every design. It became the core around which Porsche was built.
Smarter clothing, not with wires and microprocessors, but with engineered fabrics. Work on the thermal characteristics of textiles. It's a distance away .. it has to work, be inexpensive, comfortable and attractive - a tall order to fill.
Radiative human body cooling by nanoporous polyethylene textile
Po-Chun Hsu,1 Alex Y. Song,2 Peter B. Catrysse,2 Chong Liu,1 Yucan Peng,1 Jin Xie,1 Shanhui Fan,2 Yi Cui1,3*
Thermal management through personal heating and cooling is a strategy by which to expand indoor temperature setpoint range for large energy saving. We show that nanoporous polyethylene (nanoPE) is transparent to mid-infrared human body radiation but opaque to visible light because of the pore size distribution (50 to 1000 nanometers). We processed the material to develop a textile that promotes effective radiative cooling while still having sufficient air permeability, water-wicking rate, and mechanical strength for wearability. We developed a device to simulate skin temperature that shows temperatures 2.7° and 2.0°C lower when covered with nanoPE cloth and with processed nanoPE cloth, respectively, than when covered with cotton. Our processed nanoPE is an effective and scalable textile for personal thermal management.