Designing around human behavior
As we discussed in a recent blog, designing around nature is a method that is gathering momentum throughout the engineering world. A subcomponent of this design philosophy calls for engineers to accommodate not only Mother Nature but also the inherent nature of humans. We saw this most readily in a design put forth by Pavegen in a recent csengineermag article. Their smart flooring could be a possible game-changer for major cities with high foot traffic. While there is much to love about this product, from its impact on renewable energy to its general ingenuity, what we loved most was its ability to easily blend into everyday life. Too often ideas require users to change their own behavior, making adoption of the technology even more difficult.
Adapting designs to better fit in with our current lifestyle is a great way to make a more immediate impact. We laud efforts such as the incorporation of piezoelectric-based technology in roadways being installed in California and the pollution-cutting efforts of products like Airlabs carbon reducing benches. Projects like these are not only making an impact for years to come but are able to create change immediately.
We hope to see continued efforts such as these that challenge municipalities and countries around the world to start making a change for the better. Changing the way millions of people live their lives is an uphill battle that we must continue to fight. But integrating technology that can make a global impact into the daily lives of consumers is a great way to have a more immediate effect. We look forward to seeing more technological advances we can implement here in our own community.