There are incredible energy saving user interface lessons to be gained from good hybrid car gas consumption displays. Driving my Honda Civic Hybrid becomes the ultimate energy game: saving money, beating personal records, and building upon previous accomplishments. A digital display reports lifetime mpg (48.8 for 100,000 miles in my case) while the bar graph reports current instantaneous consumption. It becomes an unconscious biofeedback process: when the bar retreats to the left (bad MPG), lift the gas pedal foot to reduce gas consumption. A functional display like that makes it possible to save energy without even thinking about it.
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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