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129 Posts authored by: Cabe Atwell
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. (Image credit: CERN)   Thirty years ago, English scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper entitled “Information Management: A Proposal,” which detailed how to manage general information about accelerators and experiments at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). Shortly after that, he implemented the key components to bring his idea to fruition- the first web server, browser, and editor. In April of 1993, CERN r ...
AI's new painter, Ai-Da can paint human faces The robot will be able to sketch human faces. (Image Credit: Reuters)   There's a chance some people have always wondered how they may appear to the eyes of a robot. Now they may be able to see that. Engineers are working closely with an art gallery owner to create a robotic artist. Ai-Da, the artificial intelligence robot will have a bionic hand that sketches what it sees. The bot will use AI technology to carry out its tasks - with cameras ...
SkyRocket's latest technology allows onlookers to see their logos with ease. (Video Credit:  SkyRocket)   We've all seen it. Those pesky advertisements from TV, radio, billboards, newspapers, magazines. smartphones and even in movie theaters - all of which are designed to influence purchase choices through the use of hidden messages. Well, now advertising is going orbital! A Russian start-up company has made it a priority to launch tiny satellites into the night sky with illuminating ...
(Image credit: Gamedev.world)   This post is mainly about unionizing in a technical field. Could this concept move over to the other engineering fields?   A new game developer’s conference is set to launch later this year, which is designed to unite talent from all over the globe without having to travel to a specific venue, and without the need to speak a foreign language for that matter. GameDev.World is the brainchild of Vlambeer indie game co-founder Rami Ismail and voice a ...
Microsoft's president, Brad Smith and Chief Financial Officer, Amy Hood announce Microsoft's imitative to invest $500 million for affordable housing in Puget Sound. (Image Credit: Microsoft)   Microsoft announced a $500 million commitment to help with affordable housing, encourage development of new housing units and invest with non-profit organizations to address the crisis on the Eastside of King County and the Puget Sound region.  Their generous commitment will include: $225 mi ...
Caper's shopping cart is the ultimate checkout experience for customers who want a quick and easy checkout. (Image via Capar)   Technologically, it almost seems like this should be common place already. I look forward to shaking up industry.   Grocery store customers want speed and convenience when it comes to shopping, but that can be a problem. Most checkout lines can be lengthy, which ultimately takes away from the whole shopping experience. There have been some innovations with ...
Wiliot’s chip sensor is the first of its kind and has the ability to communicate with devices enabled by Bluetooth Low Energy. Wiliot’s concept for their Bluetooth chip. (Photo via Wiliot)   A new startup called WIliot is getting a lot of attention and funding from some big-name companies. Wiliot makes semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth networks allowing it to function without batteries or other traditional ...
Toyota Mobility Foundation has revealed the five finalists from their competition to find a way to pair smart technology with mobile technology. Qolo is just one of the ways the future of assisted mobility is being reimagined (Concept image by Simon Mckeown with Craig McMullen)   As technology advances, we start to rethink objects from refrigerators to cars in hopes to make them “smarter” and more efficient. Toyota hopes to do the same thing for wheelchairs. In 2016, Toyota Mob ...
The decision has been in the works for several years now (Photo via Associated Press)   I kind of live for news like this. Recently, scientists voted to change the definition of the kilogram along with the ampere, the Kelvin, and the mole. The decision was made at the General Conference on Weights and Measurements in Versailles, France.   So what exactly does this mean? The measurements will now be based on “fundamental constants of nature,” which are more precise than t ...
The first photo InSight sent of its successful landing; the lens is covered with bits of dust (Photo from NASA)   NASA recently made a major breakthrough in Mars exploration. On Monday (Nov. 26), the NASA InSight mission landed on Mars. Originally launched in May, the InSight spent seven months traveling before sending the official signal to NASA letting them it was still functioning. It even included a picture of the red planet’s surface to show where it landed.   InSight or ...
Project Impossible highlights groundbreaking engineering projects that are solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. The projects featured on the show were once thought to be impossible to achieve. (Photo via The History Channel)   Back in September, the History Channel premiered their latest original show called Project Impossible. Created by Radiant Features, the series looks at engineering projects that were once considered impossible only a few years ago. Each episode tak ...
Over the last several months, there have been some science-based news headlines that have caught my attention just for their topics alone. They strayed from the norm, offered unique insight about a particular topic, or were just straight-up unusual. Others were groundbreaking, or innovative within their respective fields. At any rate, this roundup will highlight those exciting news stories, which at the least, deserve another read-through, or at best, will provide a story you may have missed. & ...
The company will drop $10-million in Closed Loop Fund to increase recycling rates across the US. (Image credit: Amazon)   According to a recent report from Statista, the world is on track to generate nearly 50-tons of e-waste this year alone, and the numbers are expected to rise. You only need to look at the number of mobile devices, computers, IoT devices, monitors, and other electronics we buy and discard every year, and those rising numbers become self-explanatory.   In order to he ...
Don Coleman took his Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) project to the Maker Faire and revealed exactly how well the board performs among the elements. (Image via Don Coleman GitHub)   UPDATE before it's posted: I liked the LoRa system so much, I am planning a project built around the tech you'll see soon here on element14. Now, on to the post.     I was able to see LoRa in action at Maker Faire. The following is what I gleamed from the faire.   Arduino’s new MKR WAN 1300 boar ...
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology used epidural electrical stimulation to help those paralyzed regain some of their movement. A man is back on his feet after an electrical implant. (Photo via Swiss Federal Institute)   An amazing new study by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology may be a huge breakthrough for helping those who are paralyzed walk again. In the study, three wheelchair-bound men were able to regain movement after they were implanted ...