David Beck

Sr. NPD Manager
Chicago, IL, USA

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  • "These are not consumer products and the professionals using them have had the standard training to obtain sample from the nasal cavity and the use of a disposable pipette.  Everything shown is currently the standard of care, there is absolutely nothing novel.  The baseline for medical devices is not 8th grade reading level.  Also, all instructions for use typically go through verification of effectiveness testing.  Not difficult, just takes more time."
    on: Seeing How a COVID Rapid Test Works, Shows You Why They're Difficult to Design
  • "I would like to think these are provided to patients without a mobile phone.  So frequency of use could be very low.  If volumes are low, disposable is better than cleaning.  They can't be run through an autoclave, so the resources needed to determine you did actually achieved a 3log reduction with a cleaning protocol could very well be more wasteful than disposing of the phone."
    on: Wasteful Hospital Practices: Disposable Single-Patient-Use Landline Telephones
  • "With a 25 kph governor, the US market won't accept it.  The Vespa Elettrica did not sell with a governor of 45 kph.  They had to bump it to 70 kph to get US sales.  If you bump this "bicycle" to anything above 25 kph, it will be a danger in the bike lane and at that point it should be put into the traffic lane."
    on: Looks Like a Car, But Rides in the Bike Lane: The CityQ E-Bike
  • "I don't think the fellow they used in this video knows how to ride a bike.  I thought he was more likely to fall than turn right.  :("
    on: Yea or Nay? A Bike Turn Signal That Activates When You Look to the Side
  • "While in principle I agree with #4, there is one caveat.  Have some standards to the components.  Repair is inevitable, no matter how much you wish it away.  And with a bike being so simple, home repair will be likely.  But needing proprietary tools for every single bike will kill demand.And for the record, while working in Chicago for 15 years, I was never once hit by a cyclist in the crosswalk."
    on: Four Design Principles to Change Car Drivers to Bike Riders
  • "If it does not need to be exclusively women leaders, Ami Verhalen and Stefanie Norvaisas are leadership at Delve."
    on: 20 Woman-led Industrial Design & Innovation Firms
  • "Existing outlet 12" off the floor? That also needs to be recessed? You seem awfully angry and defensive for some more schlock destined for the landfill. Why's that?"
    on: By Designing a System Rather Than a Product, Solgaard Kills it on Kickstarter With the HomeBase Ecosystem
  • "I'll be mostly pro about it.  I will say the angles are too steep.  The lowest angle could be lowered to where a tire is just off the ground.   The higher angle should be just enough where handlebars don't interfere if you want to pack as many as you can into a limited space.As for a theft deterrence, Rain did mention pretty much nothing works other than something with more permanence and therefore more cost.  Not for every application and maybe not all areas of NYC, but who said it has to be theft proof?For the cutout, most rims are 20mm wide where most tires are at least 25mm.  The metal cutout should not touch the tire.  The lower the tire can go, the more stability it will have for those with panniers.  It will be the "points' on the ends of the cutout that retains the tire.  Designed properly, it should accommodate everything from 23mm-700c to 2"-26", which is probably 95% of tire/wheel combinations in the world.  Also, the powder coating will be softer than raw steel.They are incredibly inexpensive to make and install.  They can come in most any color you wish.  All you need is a vertical surface and Bob's yer uncle.  "
    on: Yea or Nay? The Bici Bike Rack System
  • "Love the idea.  Does the type of plant matter for "proper" wicking amount?  If yes, is there a way to adjust?"
    on: This Planter Tells You When Your Houseplant Needs Watering Using One Simple Analog Function 
  • "I'm with Rain on this, it is a waste of resources and energy.  Put the compost outside so it can actually compost.  Freezing it is literally the opposite of composting.  And if your house smells like a diaper, again, take the diaper outside.  Are we so slothful taking something that stinks outside is too much?  I'd also like to know the stats on getting an infection from home garbage.  My guess, pretty damn low."
    on: Yea or Nay? A Garbage Can That Freezes Your Trash
  • "My speculation for the noodler is it is for cold butter.  It increases surface area, making the butter easier to soften/spread as you indicated.  It seems to be far more efficient than scrapping a plain butter knife across the top of the stick.  As with a lot of kitchen gadgets, they mostly try to wring out that extra ounce of efficiency.  "
    on: Analyzing the Design of Unusual Japanese Butter Tableware
  • "CarPlay and Android Auto is compatible with most car manufacturers.  A car is orders of magnitude more dangerous than a bicycle.  If car manufacturers and phone manufacturers make it easier to use non-navigational smartphone features, why not for bikes?How many Core77 topics/features are about the dangers of CarPlay and Android Auto?  I'm going to guess absolutely none.  Until that discussion starts, this one is absolutely stupid.  "
    on: Should Design Make it Easier for Cyclists to Use Smartphones for Non-Navigational Purposes?
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