Some of the greatest innovations on the planet came from one simple question: what if. As in, what if we made a chef knife out of wood?
On the surface that seems like a silly question. Why would you ever want to create a chef knife out of wood? What could it possibly cut?
But rather than …Read More >
You use your smartphone to pay for lunch. You use your smartphone to check real-time traffic. You use your smartphone for… just about everything, really. So why not make your smartphone into an electronic key and forego fumbling around to get your front door unlocked?
That’s the idea behind August Access, a smart home technology company …Read More >
For less than $400, and access to a 3D printer, space enthusiasts can easily communicate with Low Earth Orbit (LOE) satellites – that are constantly transmitting data from space back down to Earth – in order to help researchers with what’s become a bit of an intergalactic information overload.
Due to technological advancements reducing the costs of …Read More >
One billion pixels. You can just hear Dr. Evil say those words with a sly smile across his face. One billion; so many pixels that the proper way to depict it is 109.
That’s pretty astounding seeing as it wasn’t so long ago when we were working with 1 megapixel digital cameras. Now technology allows us …Read More >
Dining as a form of entertainment isn’t anything new. The go-to first date is dinner and a movie. 50-year marriages are built on early-bird specials at the local restaurant. With so much history associated with eating out, you’d think it’d be nearly impossible to introduce something completely new and disruptive to this world.
Using modern …Read More >
Innovations, by their very nature, are designed to improve quality of life. Remote controls, the Segway, the Keurig single-serve coffee makers – these are all examples of inventions that have helped make our lives a little better.
But improving quality of life doesn’t always mean focusing on making life easier or more enjoyable. Sometimes it’s about …Read More >
October 21, 2015 will forever be synonymous with flying cars, thanks to the film Back to the Future, where Marty McFly and Doc Brown time travel (via flying car) into what is now our present day, claiming “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
A lot of the film’s predictions of 2015 came true. Flying cars, …Read More >
Many people consider their weight more of a hassle than a help. They shield the number that pops up on a scale the way they might protect their PIN codes at an ATM. But what if your weight actually served a greater purpose than just, well, weighing you down? What if it were the world’s …Read More >
Where We Are At in the Internet of Things
When we watched Dr. McCoy point the handheld sensor for his medical tricorder at a patient, who would have thought he was giving us a 40-year advance look at the science behind biochips, low tire pressure sensors and the smart grid: a science known today as the …Read More >
The introduction of the robot isn’t anything new. Toy robots, such as Japan’s “Lilliput,” have existed since World War II. Of course, these robotic toys only looked the part. They didn’t have any self-automated controls. They couldn’t perform any tasks. Their capabilities were confined to the limits of a child’s imagination.
Fast forward to today, where …Read More >