Computer ware is designed with the human (the end-user) in mind, and looking at this little example, one can see how close we are to AI – it’s right around the corner.
Check out the specs on Clear’s “4GWiMax” device, which plugs in to a USB port on a computer and creates a “hotspot” with twin internal antennas that broadcast and receive from Clear towers (actually space Clear rents from existing cell phone transmitting towers/stations)
No wonder, at places like the University of Washington, the Engineering department “Technical Communication” (a pretty non-specific name, anyhow) was renamed two years ago to the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering.
Below: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) details from registration docs on the device (emphasis my own):
Construction of the (TWIN SAM V4.0)
shell corresponds to the specifications of the Specific
Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM) phantom defined in IEEE
1528-2003, EN 62209-1 and IEC 62209. It enables the
dosimetric evaluation of left and right hand phone usage as
well as body mounted usage at the flat phantom region. A
cover prevents evaporation of the liquid. Reference markings
on the phantom allow the complete setup of all predefined
phantom positions and measurement grids by manually
teaching three points with the robot.
SHELL THICKNESS 2 ± 0.2mm
FILLING VOLUME Approx. 25liters
DIMENSIONS Height: 810mm; Length: 1000mm; Width: 500mm
SYSTEM VALIDATION KITS:
CONSTRUCTION Symmetrical dipole with l/4 balun enables measurement of
feedpoint impedance with NWA matched for use near flat
phantoms filled with brain simulating solutions.
Includes distance holder and tripod adaptor
CALIBRATION Calibrated SAR value for specified position and input power at the flat phantom in brain simulating solutions
RETURN LOSS > 20dB at specified validation position
POWER CAPABILITY > 100W (f < 1GHz); > 40W (f > 1GHz)
OPTIONS Dipoles for other frequencies or solutions and other calibration conditions upon request
Below is a screen cap of the actual page (for some reason a PDF could not be extracted from the page or its source):
So there are even industry recipes for “tissue simulating” material (in this case “liquids”)? I especially like the little Ingredient-to-Muscle Simulating Liquid table. And preservatives go in foods, right? The above page shows that an anti-fungal-bacteria drug, manufactured by Bayer AG, is in that little USB device, too. Maybe we need it here in mossy, rainy, and potentially mildewy Seattle…
It’s all public record: computer hardware all have FCC IDs where you can see the company’s submitted manufacturing paperwork, with signatures and everything. The companies by law must submit these details.