I think engineering is, in a way, based on exploration. It’s always about trying to ask questions, about being curious, being creative.
— Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, National Geographic emerging explorer and UC San Diego research scientist.
Full story: Modern-Day Explorer Goes High-Tech Out of Respect — National Geographic, academia provide outlet for adventurer to follow his passion.
Could big data lower your power bill?
Just as consumers are turning to mobile apps to track vital signs and manage their personal health, researchers believe that smart grid and sensor-based data collection technologies in homes could help people better manage their monthly utility bills.
"The more sensors that you have in the home, the more your home begins to look like an OnStar system,” said Pecan Street Inc. CEO Brewster McCracken. “These sensors could trigger a check engine warning light for the home.”
The full interview with McCraken can be found here, where talks about how smart grid and sensor technologies can help families curb consumer energy use.
From writing too long to peppering your message with emoticons, elevate your IMs to the next level with these texting power tips.
Historian Ernest Freeberg said, “[Thomas] Edison invented a new style of invention, a coordinated program of scientific research and product development” that paved the way for “a world where we assume invention is not just something that comes along when someone has a great idea, but this is a force that can be shaped and controlled.” Freeberg is the author of “The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America.”
If nascent computer sensory systems catch up with more evolved computer processors, they way people interact and think about their laptops, tablets and other devices might take a leap ahead.
Achin Bhowmik, director on Intel’s Perceptual Computing Group, believes that the future of personal computers depends on their vastly improved abilities to see, hear and interact with people more naturally than the archaic keyboard and mouse.
“The laptop is still primitive with only one eye, one ear and they are now just getting touch,” he said. “By giving computing devices 3-D vision systems like human beings, we can bring natural interaction to PCs and open up a whole new dimension not just for PCs, but for smartphones, tablets, media boxes, vending machines, cars and almost anything that connects to the Internet.”
Touchscreen Smart Jukebox (by IntelFreePress)
Just as the Internet disrupted the record industry, mobile and touch technology are now upending the jukebox business. One of the newest breeds is the Virtuo, designed by New York-based TouchTunes, that mounts on a wall like a giant touchscreen. The Linux-based operating system runs on an Intel Core processor, and the Virtuo has built-in 4G wireless Internet technology that allows it to receive updates every day.
Rather than just playing songs from a selection of a few hundred titles, these multi-functional, computer-powered jukeboxes can offer song catalogs that numbers in the hundreds of thousands. Playing songs is just one of many functions. The machines also act as karaoke devices and photo booths, and display interactive digital advertising that brings new experiences to patrons and revenue streams to venues and jukebox vendors.
Local dive bars and social hangouts across North America are getting a technology makeover as a wave of Internet and smartphone-connected, touchscreen-controlled digital jukeboxes supplant the iconic 45 rpm record-spinning and more recent CD-based models.
Field research conducted by Intel Free Press revealed that the popularity of these new jukeboxes may depend less upon generational and more upon technological preferences. The experience of analog music may always have a place in people’s hearts, but the spread of always-connected mobile technologies are allowing those experiences to be augmented through Internet control and sharing capabilities.
The high-tech jukeboxes are installed at two established San Francisco bars in North Beach neighborhood, home of the Beat Generation. The TouchTunes device stirred mixed reactions from happy hour patrons and bartenders. A 60-year-old bartender in Gino and Carlo’s said it was popular and simple. “I can show you in three easy steps how to use it,” he said. However, his younger coworker claiming not to be a smartphone guy called it lame, echoing a long-time patron who asked, “Why come into a bar and play that thing with your phone when you can spend your time talking with people?” Another bartender down the street at Kennedy’s said he’d like to put in a separate music system because the digital jukebox wasn’t used enough and didn’t allow him free play or enough control.
The full story: Jukebox Reinvented for the Digital Age
To keep up with changes in technology or customers’ needs, companies are pushing more decision making down to their employees. Employees need to have better information and better connections with coworkers and the company vision.
— Adam Pisoni, co-founder and CTO of Yammer.
Yammer originally allowed employees to chat and share ideas quickly, but since launching in 2008 it has evolved into a Facebook-like experience with the added ability to store, share and co-edit documents. More than 5 million corporateemployees, 85 percent of which are at Fortune 500 companies, reportedly use Yammer. That success drove Microsoft to pay $1.2 billion last year to acquire the private, social network, with ambitions to roll Yammer features into Microsoft’s SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 applications.
Just prior to moving into new offices next door to Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, Yammer co-founder and CTO Adam Pisoni sat down to talk about why empowering employees is central to his product and company culture, and essential for any business that wants to thrive in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world.
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Gina Lujan, director of Hacker Lab in Sacramento, California.
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One-hundred miles east of Silicon Valley in a former tattoo parlor, members of the second-largest hackerspace in California are hoping to make a different kind of mark by advancing technology innovation in the state capital, a region known for government, clean tech and sustainable tech, but not high tech.
We are changing the world by providing community resources for education, innovation and creation. It’s all very exciting. This whole thing is like catching a big, old tsunami and saying, ‘Wow, this is huge,’ and you need to stay on. It’s scary, it’s awesome. And there’s nothing else like it in the [Sacramento] Valley.
— Eric Ullrich, a co-founder of Hacker Lab in Sacramento.
Construction at Intel’s massive D1X computer chip development fab in Hillsboro, Ore is a multi-billion dollar facility expected to be the first 14nm factory in the world. Putting cutting edge manufacturing in the U.S. manufacturing, Intel has invested billions of dollars at this site over the past several years where the company’s leading- edge silicon R&D teams define and develop the recipes for manufacturing Intel chips in other production factories around the world. Construction is expected to continue with yet another expansion targeted to support the company’s 450mm wafer technology.