"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..." "They don't find it," I answered. "And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Products and components grow more and more complex, showing a rising number of parts and rising interdependencies. Thus, failure proneness, need for space and energy consumption increase.
Like the Litle Prince, we seek for the solution within the product itself. Thanks to smart materials, we integrate functionality directly into the components' structure. Thus, we can reduce complexity, space and volume, and energy consumption.