49ers Stadium Exterior on Flickr.
Did technology help bring 2016 Super Bowl to the Bay Area?
A look at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the near future home of the San Francisco 49ers. Builders promise unsurpassed Internet connectivity as among its technology features.
Photo courtesy of San Francisco 49ers.
Intel Free Press story: 49ers Bet on Technology to Boost Fan Experience — Silicon Valley NFL stadium promises to be hi-tech showcase for ‘smart’ features.
Finding Pollen-Free Pathways Using Big Data (by IntelFreePress)
Itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy and runny noses, coughing and even asthma attacks are rites of spring that come with blooming plants and skyrocketing pollen counts, but big data could spell big relief for allergy sufferers. Data visualizations available online today can help people plot routes that will allow them to avoid high-pollen areas and in the future this information could be made accessible on mobile devices.
Full story with screen shots: Can Bid Data Prevent Allergy Attachs?
Making Invisible Pollution Visible with Sensor Data (by IntelFreePress)
Ostrich egg-sized air quality sensors that can be mounted to a window were provided to 17 northwest Portland residents by Intel Labs to measure CO and NO2 emissions, temperature and humidity, allowing individuals to stream real-time data to the Internet, where people can see visualizations of toxicity levels the air around them.
“This technology gives the community a chance to have power and resources to get at issues that may seem intractable,” said Mary Peveto, founder of Neighbors for Clean Air.
Full story: Big Data Makes Invisible Air Pollution Visible.
Futurist Paul Saffo may have been the first to proclaim the PC dead, but he wasn’t alone. Over more than two decades, as networked devices, mobile devices and most recently tablets have come to market, a host of industry figures and observers have continued to predict the death of the PC.
Silicon Valley technology companies back bid to win Super Bowl 50 in 2016, which would be played in the new, high tech Levi’s Stadium, new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Silicon Valley is popping!
— Bill Mark, vice president of information and computer science at SRI International, one of the largest contract research firms in the world.
The state of innovation in Silicon Valley and across the technology industry is popping, according to Bill Mark, vice president of information and computer science at SRI International. Mark and SRI President and CEO Curt Carlson share what they see as booming areas of innovation, including education, healthcare, and perceptual and ubiquitous computing.
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.
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.”
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
Behind the making of the first tablet — Razer Edge — designed to meet the demands of PC gamers.
18 Questions to ask before buying a new mobile phone.
Gina Lujan, director of Hacker Lab in Sacramento, California.