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(Left) DARPA EEG interface, the CT2WS (Right) DARPA 120 megapixel camera system (via DARPA)   In order to assist our soldiers and keep them safe DARPA has worked on various projects from robotic helpers to frighteningly accurate guns. Their latest project, known as the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System(CT2WS), has been created to help our soldiers better identify threats. The system currently works through a 120 megapixel camera and a stationed soldier equipped with an EEG brainwa ...
Chicago free Wi-Fi locations (via Google)   Fast reliable internet can cost upwards of $100 a month. For modern students, residents, and businesses, it is a necessity, but often enough the price is unaffordable. For this reason, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an ambitious new project for the city of Chicago called the Chicago Broadband Challenge that is looking to redo the city’s broadband infrastructure, provide affordable internet to all areas while providing free wi-fi in pu ...
"Transient electronics," water soluble circuits (via Tuft University)   As engineers, we want to design things to last. Above that however, we want things to function as best as they can. Paradoxically in some instances, the application calls for transient components that are only needed for a specific, short period of time. With medical applications and others, we can observe the negative effects of making things last too long as they fill up landfills after they are used. For this reason ...
Thanks to the NYC Maker Faire this weekend, there has been a lot of discussion of new project ideas becoming a reality.  With the wide array of different development platforms that are coming out for FPGAs, Microcontrollers, and even complete computing solutions, there is always a system out there to be explored.  It can be intimidating to approach such a wide array of possibilities, so what is it that makes for the best first projects?   The most important aspect of any project ...
Form1 printer promotional image (via Form1 & Kickstarter)   A revolution is brewing. Current conventional manufacturing involves a removal process that produces more waste than product. Additive methods like those applied by 3D printing are much more resource-efficient.  Until now, the technology has either been lacking in quality or extremely expensive. There are an estimated 10 million CAD software users and only 30,000 3D printers in the world. In order to bring these two world ...
Autographer (via OMG)   Another exaple of a simple idea made reality.   I always say I wish my eyes were camera lenses. I constantly find myself seeing something picturesque, I do not have a HQ camera and my phone just does not cut it. The company, OMG (Oxford Metrics Group) Life has come up with a product that brings me one step closer to my dream of photographic eyes. It's dubbed the Autographer; because it snaps pictures automatically, all day long when its sensors indicate someth ...
The UK government has announced further details of its long-term plan to improve the country’s technology infrastructure and in turn stimulate economic growth. In the last few years, the UK's economy has been blighted by uncertainty and has, to some extent, been held back by slow internet speeds.   In a bid to address these problems, the government has announced that it is to ensure that ten of the largest cities throughout the country will soon see superfast broadband. It has commit ...
Concept art (via Tesla Motors)   Tesla Motor says its goal is to “accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility.” On Monday, the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, made an announcement he thinks is as historic as his other private company, SpaceX, docking with the ISS. Although this statement had nothing to do with commercial space travel, the message has potential to change the way consumers travel in the near future. Tesla disclosed that the first stage of a Super ...
Part 2 of the poll that the Technology First team at element14 is inviting your nominations for the most influencial technologies and products for 2013. This is list for all of us to build together, we have some ideas here for starters. Please join in to discuss the entries below or to submit yours.   You may also be interested in reading Part 1 - Game Changers of Tomorrow and 2 more sleeps till we reveal Part 3 - Catalysts for change (Edit:link added) as part of this series.   Tre ...
(Left) Dr. Andrea Morello (Right) Prof. Andrew Dzurak (via UNSW)   The days of quantum computing are one step closer thanks to researchers at the University of New South Wales' School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. Dr Andrea Morello and Professor Dzurak leading a team of researchers, have become the first ones to successfully read and write information to an electron in silicon. The ground breaking paper was published in the journal Nature, in which they describe just ho ...
Eyedroid 8 caught flying over Queensland beach (via Kim Powell)   While it may not look all that impressive running in slow-motion to save drowning victims, the octocopter drone is looking to become the latest addition in the life-guard tool-box to help save lives in Queensland, Australia. Adopted by Surf Life Saving Australia, the octocopters are set to undergo test trials at North Stradbroke Island (about 20 miles southwest of Brisbane) before they’re deployed for beach monitoring. ...
  Right-wing think-tank Policy Exchange has suggested that an army of internet-smart pensioners should be entrusted with the task of getting even more elderly people online. This is a necessary step, according to the think-tank, to ensure that elderly people do not become isolated. It has been suggested that they could be paid as much as £30,000 per annum to act as a 'silver sidekick' for their fellow pensioners. In this capacity, they will be expected to educate them on how to us ...
While the new space race is not getting the hype that the mid 1900's enjoyed, it is in full swing and there are many more contenders and pioneering projects than ever before. The multibillion-dollar era has fertilized the ground for what seems like a new age where the federal governments and private companies, join authorities to launch federal and private missions to space.   ATK freighter (via ATK)   From May 21st to the 23rd, government leaders and industry officials gathered ...
Better Than Cash Alliance promotional image   Electronic-cash (or E-cash) monetary systems could be implemented in the majority of third-world nations if accepted by their respective governments through the ‘Better Than Cash Alliance.' The Alliance is a conglomerate of institutions that include the UNCDF (U.N. Capital Development Funds), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Citi and others. The group has recently launched their ‘digital-payment’ initiative in an ...
Last week IEEE Spectrum published an article about how interference is a problem for NASA and ESA efforts to measure soil moisture levels to predict droughts.  With over half of North America experiencing a drought, this is a timely issue.  The cause of the interference is “rogue transmitters”.  The ESA has contacted the authorities in the areas of the offending interference to ask them to go after the sources.  My first thought was might I somehow be on their lis ...
The Technology First Journal team at element14 would like to invite you to help us decide which are the most influential technologies and products for 2013. This is a list for us to build together, we have just put our ideas forward here for starters. We invite your views on the following and if you feel that we've made any glaring errors on our list—please join in.     You may also be interested in reading about technologies for electric vehicles on the road and those that are ...
(Left) Boosted Boards Drivetrain (Right) Wireless controlls for the board (via Boosted Boards & Kickstarter)   It's late at night, it's been a long day. After stepping off the train/el/subway, the rest of the way home seems so far. This distance may be the best part of the day now...     Graduate students from Stanford have created the lightest electric vehicle in the form of a motorized longboard. The project’s Kickstarter has already been hugely successful, but the t ...
(Left) Bonds with less electrons appear shorter. (Right) Carbon atom showing distortions in the bonds. IBM plans to explore this feature. (via IBM & Science)   The same team from IBM to capture the first close up image of single molecules in 2009 have just revealed their new, incredibly detailed images. Using an atomic force microscope, the scientists captured two images showing individual chemical bonds between atoms. Their research was recently published in the September 14th issue o ...
PressurePen Stylus and a line in action (via PressurePen)   Kickstarter is great for those of us who have an idea but cannot find the funding to get it off the ground. Exactly what Charles Mangin did with his PressurePen stylus. The target goal for his stylus was set at 10,000 US, which he achieved, and is now accepting pre-orders for the Rev2 device which is set to be delivered by November of this year (2012). So what is it and what does it do? It’s a pressure sensitive stylus for ta ...
Replicator 2 (via MakerBot)   MakerBot industries, creators of the Cupcake CNC and Thing-O-Matic, have ventured into new territory with their newly opened 3D-printing shop in New York City in an effort to bring the now affordable inclusive hobby to the masses. The brick-and-mortar store features a selection of 3D printers, supplies/parts, as well as licensed works of art and models from the online community Thingiverse.   The company has also recently unveiled their new "Replicator 2" ...
LPDDR3 (via Samsung)   Future mobile devices running 4G will be getting a boost in memory performance if they incorporate Samsung’s new LPDDR3 modules (Low Power Double Data Rate). The company recently announced their mass production of the JEDEC standard LPDDR3 modules, only ten months after their previous iteration of their slower LPDDR2 memory. The new 30nm mobile memory clocks in at 1600 MHz per pin with a data transfer rate of 12.6GB per second making the modules 50% faster over ...
  A team of engineers at the University of Southampton have revealed that they have constructed a supercomputer using 64 Raspberry Pi devices and Lego. Leading the team of computational engineers was Professor Simon Cox, who explained that they were determined to discover whether it was possible to link so many Raspberry Pi devices as to turn them into a so-called supercomputer.   To this end, the engineers installed and built all of the necessary software on the Pi, beginning with a ...
Elektrobiblioteka/Electrolibrary prototype (via Waldek Wegrzyn)   E-books have come a long way since their inception (exactly when is an argument for a later date) and we typically think of them as being a hand-held electronic device, but Waldek Wegrzyn has taken it to a whole new level. The graduate student, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, designed a new e-book that is actually a paper book, but can still access media from the internet. Known as the Elektrobiblioteka/Ele ...
As Hackerspaces continue to gain steam across the country, it's interesting to watch what drives the growth of new members, new revenue sources, and keeps the place from looking like an episode of 'Hoarders' waiting to happen. Denhac, Denver's local hackerspace, held a surplus sale last weekend to accomplish all three of these goals.   The sale gave the space an opportunity to quickly figure out if any of the unused donated equipment and books are worth anything.  What's the best way ...
Complete NexPhone device array (via Emre Kosmaz)   Kosmaz Technologies has released a conceptual design, that if comes to fruition, will combine all of our mobile devices into one unit. Called the NexPhone, the concept uses a smartphone as sort of a ‘base-computer’ and can be attached to various ‘docks,’ such as a tablet, laptop or PC housing. The company states that seamless integration can be achieved through the use of Ubuntu for Android, taking multi-core Android ...
QR code (via wiki)   QR codes have been placed on just about everything since their inception by Toyota’s Denso Wave subsidiary back in 1994. Back then the idea was developed to help the company keep track of manufactured car parts. We can find them on everything from newspapers to every kind of packaging known to man. The codes are able to hold an incredible amount of information (compared to bar codes) which is stored using data in one of four modes such as numeric, alphanumeric, bi ...
Tormach PCNC1100 conventional XYZ milling machine (via Tormach)   Manufacturing technology becomes more refined to the point where anyone can make complicated parts on the cheap. That was my take at the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 in Chicago. This trend not only applies to new product design but updated manufacturing tools such as hexapod milling machines, which seems to be the direction manufacturing is taking. In particular, hexapod actuated machinery had permeated bo ...
By chance a few weeks after I wrote about sharing the RF spectrum, I came across an article in IEEE Communications Magazine about using TV white space (unused TV channels).  The same week IEEE Spectrum ran an article about using terahertz frequencies for communication and imaging.  RF spectrum issues are becoming a hot topic.  (The image to the right is from the article about white space.  It dramatically shows with pink shading the areas in Europe where channel 21 is used fo ...
PhoneSat 1.0 (via NASA)   It is said that NASA did its first Apollo missions to the moon using the technology found in a pocket calculator. Well now, NASA is showing off again, making the most of their depleted budget in a project called PhoneSat. A team of engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California has designed mini satellites that, at their core, have Nexus smartphones as main computers.     The tiny satellites measure around 10 cm cubed and w ...
  Day after day, I am constantly getting sucked into the screen that is my PC. Countless hours go by without the realization of just how long I have been on it. Thinking back, I am not sure I have ever kept track of how many hours have gone by while I sit still and stare at it. A team of students from the University of Munich is trying to help people like me realize how much time is spent sitting still as opposed to time being physically active.     To keep track and balance be ...
A roach under control (via Alper Bozkurt)   Whenever I see a cockroach scurrying through the house, I ask myself what could possibly be their purpose other than freaking me out. If there was just some way I could control them... Alper Bozkurt, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University, is part of a project that wants to make cockroaches an invaluable tool in any tight situation, literally.     Bozkurt and a team of researchers have proven ...
(Left) Quantum programming rig, the chip is central, we assume. (Right) The chip next to a USA quarter coin for comparison   A team of scientist working at the University of Bristol's Centre for Quantum Photonics have created a silicon chip capable of manipulating individual light particles for computational processing. The photons and  the processor in which they are used take advantage of the quantum mechanical effects such as entanglement and superposition to perform calculations. ...
(Left) Glasses concept and charging station (Right) Statistics on alternative hearing solutions (via KAIST)   When the brain looses function over a sensory receptor, brain activity towards other senses is heightened naturally. Researchers from Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are hoping to add artificial synesthesia to this already enhanced level of sensing in people suffering for permanent or partial hearing loss.     Most of the people in the world c ...
Resonator (via Purdue)   Researchers working at Purdue believe tiny mechanical devices, more specifically nanoelectromechanical resonators, could help avoid drop calls and improve downloads. Due to so many people chatting, downloading, and surfing the web on their mobile devices, the traffic over the radio spectrum could sometimes become just as congested as rush hour. As a result, calls get dropped, degraded quality over the line, and downloads will make you feel like your a generation be ...
Chinese solar panel manufacturer Kingdom Solar   There’s a storm brewing between the European Union and the Republic of China over claims that Chinese companies are exporting solar panels below what it costs to make them. The complaint is the largest anti-dumping (predatory pricing in a foreign market rather than domestic) allegation in EU’s history with a complaint filed by 25 solar companies from Italy, Germany and Spain. The EU could impose tariffs on solar panels, solar cell ...
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Posted by SamKavanagh Sep 12, 2012
Below are images that help capture our final run in the Team Sprint and ultimate Bronze medal. The complexity of emotions and life experiences wrapped up in that 52 plus seconds will likely never be fully detailed in words. But these photos do provide frozen moments in time to reflect upon. These images show the focus and athletic drive necessary to compete with the World’s best. The moment that life seems to pause as I fix my gaze on the timing board…the triumphant elation of one h ...
Business leaders in Britain are being advised by the government about the ways in which they can combat the threat of cyber attacks, which can undermine activity to the tune of £21 billion per year. As a response to the threat, GCHQ - the communications intelligence agency - has confirmed that it will tell companies to adopt a more security-conscious approach to operations.   A number of industries have been victim to such attacks over the last 12 months, including banks, manufacturer ...
William Grant Moggridge (via IDEO)   The technology world has lost another innovative pioneer as William Moggridge succumbed to his battle with cancer at age 69 on September 8, 2012. Born on June 25, 1943 in London, England, William went on to study industrial design (1962-65) at Central St Martins College of Art and Design where he eventually left his home country to find work in the US shortly after finishing school. He found work at the American Sterilizing Company (in Pennsylvania) wher ...
Test images (via Georgia Koukiou and Vassilis Anastassopoulos)     Identifying the intoxicated who become a nuisance should be straight forward for those who frequent clubs and bars. Cheesy one-liners, loud talking (usually accompanied by spit) or a rise in temperament are some pretty good signs a patron has had more than they should have. But that's a grey area of interpretation. In an effort to identify those about to cross the line between friendly and obnoxious a pair of computer s ...
Associate professor Hong Liu holding the waste-water fuel cell (via OSU Departement of Biological and Ecological Engineering)   The world produces a tremendous amount of waste in the form of waste-water. Every time we go to the bathroom, take a shower, wash dishes or drive vehicles, what’s known as waste-water or ‘grey-water’ is the outcome. It takes a sizable amount of energy and resources to reclaim and treat. A team of engineers from Oregon State University have been de ...
Supercapacitor thread concept art (via Peking University)   Researchers from Peking University in China have discovered a novel way to increase a flexible carbon-based supercapacitors performance "tenfold" over typical supercapacitors using simple pen ink. The electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC) has a rather high energy density over common electrolytic capacitors (around a hundred times greater) and has a greater rate at charging and discharging electrical energy. Most of today’s s ...
For the past few months I have been renting an Anritsu MS2034B combination network analyzer (VNA) and spectrum analyzer (SA).  When I originally rented it from TRS, I had a notion of returning it within two weeks.  It turned out to be hard to part with. Last week I purchased the a budget-priced VNA/SA combo called the VIA Echo 2500.  The Anritsu MS2034B retails for $15,000, while a new VIA Echo 2500 can be found for under $4500.    Overall the VIA Echo is amazing va ...
IBM has just revealed a mainframe computer that it hopes will prove to be a landmark move for the industry. The computing giant is determined to see its new design ward off stiff completion from PC-based servers. In a statement, the firm explained that zEnterprise EC12, which had cost $1 billion (£633 million) to develop, is a machine with processing cores that are 25 percent more powerful than earlier models. This disparity, the firm inferred, could be the difference between IBM being ...
A team of Australian scientists have just revealed details of an innovative item of technology that could change the lives of millions of people over the next few years. That's because the group of experts have developed a prototype bionic eye that has allowed a blind patient to see the outline of objects for the first time. Australian patient Dianne Ashworth suffers from severe vision loss due to an inherited condition. However, after she was fitted with an early prototype bionic eye in May ...
Tweet shoe prototype (via Adidas)   This summer we all witnessed the first digital Olympic games. Social networks were buzzing with so much excitement and news of the games that twitter announced it was the most spoken about event in twitter history. With that said, Adidas and British shoe designer Money Nash, teamed up to recreate a pair of Adidas’ “Barricade” tennis shoe in spirit of the first digital Olympics.     As far as we know, Money Nash has created t ...
  When the Raspberry Pi was first produced, it took weeks or even months for some people to receive coveted board. Within that time, the lucky few who got their hands on theirs showcased what they could do over the internet, and some gave helpful insight on how to go about creating projects with this new foreign device. Over the summer, Cambridge University noticed the interest the Raspberry Pi was creating within the computer science field, and decided to have their summer interns create ...
Smart carpet prototype (via University of Manchester)   We have smart-cars, smartphones, smart-appliances, and if you were lucky enough you got to sit next to the smart-kid in school — but never have we thought of carpeting as being ‘smart’ in any way. Well that misnomer is over thanks to some clever scientists from the University of Manchester. The science team developed the carpet for hospitals, care-centers and home use as a way to analyze a person's walking patterns an ...
(via Sifteo)   Remember dominos? Little rectangular playing pieces with fixed numbers of dots that you then match to get rid of all your pieces? The same game over and over, with the same pieces that keep the game the same? Remember? Yes, that can get boring pretty quick, especially in the age of endless electronic mind distraction. That’s why over a year ago, MIT released the first iteration of a game that takes the rectangular pieces and adds an endless possibility of new dimension ...
(Left) Low freequency 200MHz power transfer (Right) 1.7GHz power transfer. Red indicates higher power. (via Stanford)   The heart is a pump that works tirelessly until the very end. Implants to help those with heart problems are powered by voluminous, finite batteries, which present a problem to the seemingly perpetual heart. Wireless powering has been disregarded as not practical with implanted devices, but science is full of rebellious thinkers.     Electrical Engineer Ada S.Y ...
ARTiFICe concept (via The Interactive Media Systems group)   A life as an amputee can be a exceedingly difficult lifestyle to adjust to, and having to learn how to use a prosthetic limb can sometimes make the whole situation even more frustrating. OttoBock and researchers from Interactive Media Systems Group at the Vienna University of Technology  have teamed up to help amputees cope with learning how to use prosthetic limbs. They have used virtual reality to create a training enviro ...
Last week Nature Materials published a paper by researchers at Harvard and MIT on growing nanoelectronic structures in living tissue.    To integrate electronics into living tissue, the electronics must have openings within them large enough so as not to interfere with biological processes, and their structure and mechanical properties must be similar to biomaterials.  The Nature Materials article focuses on building wires and FETs using nanoelectronic scaffolds.  The FETs ...
  To me, disabilities demonstrate that beauty does not come purely from the physicality of people or things — but that beauty is completely tied to the ideas of the mind and actions of the body.  A testament to this statement is what British artist Sue Austin has done to her National Health Service-issued wheelchair. As part of a series of live and film events called “Crating the Spectacle”, she has modified her wheelchair with the help of divers and engineers to all ...
  Technology is set to play a critical role in the Paralympics in London. Of course, cutting-edge innovation helped power some of the world's best able-bodied athletes to glory in the same venues a few short weeks ago, and now it is the turn of their Paralympic counterparts, many of whom rely on science and technology to deliver exceptional performances.   South African star Oscar Pistorius, for example, has become one of the biggest names in track and field due to the quality of his ...

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