Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
R. Colin Johnson 4/24/2017 Post a comment
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
R. Colin Johnson 4/18/2017 Post a comment
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
R. Colin Johnson 1/9/2017 Post a comment
Bosch Sensortec aims to maintain its current lead by integrating its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and other sensors into every IoT device under the sun.
DARPA Funds Small Businesses with Big Ideas
R. Colin Johnson 12/27/2016 (2) comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its answer to Kickstarter, theCommercial Performer Program that aims to harness the little guys ideas that are now being underfunded.
3D Printed Buses Here
R. Colin Johnson 11/16/2016 Post a comment
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
U.S. Protecting Us from AI
R. Colin Johnson 10/21/2016 (1) comment
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
Biometrics May Replace Phone Passwords
R. Colin Johnson 10/4/2016 Post a comment
FotoNation, a wholly owns subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has unveiled a suite of face- and iris-recognition algorithms that it hopes to license to every major smartphone maker to obsolete the password without the added hardware of fingerprint recognition.
Next-Gen IoT Consortium Launches
R. Colin Johnson 8/8/2016 Post a comment
A consortium of nearly a dozen manufacturers—from InvenSense and Corning to Fraunhofer and NTT—has pledged to meld MEMS+Photonics before the end of the decade.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
R. Colin Johnson 5/13/2016 Post a comment
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Atlas Robot Wows
R. Colin Johnson 2/29/2016 (1) comment
Google's (now Alphabet's) Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot for DARPA wows, makes sci-fi feel like reality.
IoT Shoots for the Stars
R. Colin Johnson 1/25/2016 Post a comment
Arrayent, the inventor of the Connect Platform for Internet of Things brands such as Whirlpool, Pentair, Maytag Commercial Laundry, LiftMaster, and more just landed $15 million in Series C funding.
Intel Thwarts Hackers
R. Colin Johnson 1/19/2016 Post a comment
Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
NASA Robots Proliferate
R. Colin Johnson 9/18/2015 Post a comment
NASA is perhaps the world's most prolific maker of robots for all kinds of purposes, from its Mar's Rovers for gathering information to astroid bots capable of handling nuclear payloads to obliterate the ones destined to hit the Earth.
Green Gaming is Possible
R. Colin Johnson 9/8/2015 Post a comment
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has described how to save up to $18 billion annually by convincing gamers to make more energy efficient choices in their hardware without sacrificing high performance.
007 Movie Inspires Concept Cars
R. Colin Johnson 7/23/2015 (3) comments
The new James Bond 007 movie inspires a never-before-seen concept car from Aston Martin, which engages on screen in a car chase against the hybrid Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar.
Apple Watch Transformed Me
R. Colin Johnson 7/10/2015 Post a comment
The Apple Watch has changed my life for the better, solving all the problems I had with the iPhone (such as missing calls while I tried to find it) as well as solving other problems I didn't even now I had until I got it.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism
R. Colin Johnson 6/26/2015 Post a comment
Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Smart Factories Meet AI
R. Colin Johnson 5/26/2015 Post a comment
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
DARPA Robots Aim for Finish Line
R. Colin Johnson 5/14/2015 Post a comment
Next month 25 finalists will compete in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC) with a $3.5 million purse--$2 million for first place, $1 million for second place and $500,000 for third place.
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive
R. Colin Johnson 4/18/2015 Post a comment
Moore's law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material
R. Colin Johnson 3/17/2015 Post a comment
Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law
R. Colin Johnson 1/20/2015 Post a comment
The successful prototyping of a ferroelectric gate aims to extend Moore's Law beyond the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
BMW Funds Battery-less Solar Storage
R. Colin Johnson 1/14/2015 Post a comment
A solar thermal fuel polymer being perfected at MIT with money from BMW could be used to store solar photons before dusk, then release the energy as phonons that defrost car windows in the morning with more applications on the way.
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
R. Colin Johnson 10/9/2014 (7) comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the blue light-emitting diode that has made possible the white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
R. Colin Johnson 10/8/2014 (8) comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
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