The Problem With Elegant Technology

HealthCare.gov’s problems might relate to “elegance.” Equal to simplicity, elegance results from eliminating complexity. In the Broadway play “Proof,”  the math proof was elegant. For me it could be an analytic essay or an architectural blueprint. No matter the discipline, the final…

The Missing Sensor

According to one estimate, worldwide auto production could slide by 30% because Hitachi Automotive’s Sawa Ibaraki Prefecture plant was debilitated by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. Hitachi Automotive makes the air flow sensors that are crucial in autos for determining “how…

Toasters and Pencils

In this TED talk, a designer explains how he tried to build his own toaster. Deciding to focus on five basic ingredients instead of the 100 he would really need, he describes what happened. For the steel, first he needed…