Medical appliances are an ideal case study for the dual nature of industrial design. The devices must function flawlessly, incorporate a complex set of user/stakeholder needs and also appeal on an emotional level.
On January 11, 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on lithium ion (and lithium metal) batteries.
Energy efficiency and going “green” is all the rage these days. All industries, including those making appliances, electronic equipment, and data centers, are promoting higher energy efficiency and its resulting savings.