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November 06, 2017

Why Simulate Wearables?

Wearables are being incorporated into our daily routines more and more. From fitness trackers to augmented reality glasses, we wear these devices on our wrists, neck, face, etc. These technologies were created to seamlessly assist us in our activities, functioning as personal assistants, fitness coaches, or sources of entertainment. But these devices are only noted for their truly unique features when they get the basics right....

September 11, 2017

Why Thermal Sensation & Comfort Are Vital to HVAC Design

It's a hot August day. You're in the car on the way to a wedding. You have the air conditioning blasting. But as the sun beats down through the windshield, sweat collects on your spine as you lean into the seat....

July 27, 2017

4 Reasons to Use Localized Thermal Comfort (And Simulate It)

There was a time when having air conditioning in your car was a luxury feature. Now, technology has progressed and air conditioning and other HVAC controls come standard in baseline models. As customers, our expectations for creature comforts have increased as the technology has become readily available. ...

July 14, 2017

Solving for both Human Comfort and Energy Efficiency

As the automotive industry continues to increasingly emphasize user-centered design philosophies, the wants, needs, and comfort of the actual humans inside the vehicle are afforded greater and greater attention. Of course, migration to user-centered design methodologies do not happen overnight, but by and large the trend lines are encouraging....

July 07, 2017

Automotive Simulation is Driving Toward User-Centered Design

"How does it feel?" the car salesman asks as he leans over the open driver's side door. The prospective buyer returns a few good comments as well as some concerns. The salesman then offers some consoling details about how the different features of the car will perform and ease the life of the user....

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