In today’s consumer product design world, thermal design is often the dark sheep of engineering. The spider webbed phone screen – or even the waterlogged laptop on critical life support in a bag of rice – is a familiar sight in our tech-acclimated society. But the blank screen with an error message, “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”? Sacrebleu!
Testing thermal limits just doesn’t sound as glamorous as pushing processor speed or stretching screen size. And yet it’s perhaps the greatest limit to faster computers, quick-charging electric cars, and affordable LED lighting. I’ll save my defense for another post, but I urge you to become a better-informed thermal citizen by paying a little more attention to what’s hot (or not) in your surroundings. Nurture your inner engineer and grab a thermometer, or even a thermocouple.
Ah, the humble,