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Through the Looking Glass: 3D Everywhere

"What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?" That's the question Alice asks at the beginning of Lewis Carroll's classic adventure. Perhaps Mr. Carroll knew more than he realized. 3D Movies. Multitouch screens. iPads. Everywhere you look, consumers increasingly demand more of a...

Next-Gen Battery Tech Could Help Power Plants Go With the Flow

Green tech company A123 on Monday launched a spinoff, 24M, which will commercialize next-generation energy storage systems based on its technology. 24M has received funding from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, as well as venture capitalists. The company will work with MIT and...

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Technologies That Could Define the Next Century

I'm writing this from the Volkswagen/Audi event at Stanford University in California where the German Chancellor is presenting the first robotic car designed to race, without a driver, up Pikes Peak. The event is to open the Whale; the Stanford Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory, which, so...

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Will Google Take Over Your Tube?

A few weeks ago we heard some chitchat about a few Google engineers taking home a new kind of set-top box to tinker and play around with. Not a big surprise -- Google guys tinker with everything. It's like DARPA combined with Wonka Chocolate combined with Acme from the Looney Toons. But now we're he...

Social Networkers to Chase Red Balloons for $40K Prize

In the 1956 Oscar-winning short film "The Red Balloon," it was the balloon that did all the chasing of a little French boy. This weekend, you can turn the tables on the helium-filled children's playthings as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and its Network Challenge -- a race to...

The Roadblocks to Making Prosthetic Miracles Happen Every Day

As the DARPA approaches its self-imposed deadline to make high-tech prosthetics that begin to approach the abilities of natural limbs by 2009, the research communities that have made it happen are beginning to ask, "Can we create companies that can turn a mind-blowing prototype or demo into real pro...

MED TECH

Movable Prosthetics: The Biomechanical Interface

The woman who can feel roughness or smoothness in her artificial hands for the first time in years; the child whose artificial leg lengthens as he grows; the previously armless man who can reach into a cabinet above his head to prepare dinner; machines that will some day register sensations in much ...

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The Changing Face of Strategic Planning

The purpose of a strategic plan is to guide an organization intelligently into the future -- but what happened to the last strategic plan you put together? It likely sits in a binder collecting dust on your office shelf, without ever fulfilling its intended purpose. With so much time, money and reso...

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HP’s Wrath, Baidu’s Greed and Other Deadly Sins

TV shows like "The Hills" focus on the petty squabbles that go on in the world of spoiled, vapid socialites. I can't think of a program that gets into the catfights that go on in the IT world, and I don't know whether there'd really be a huge audience for something like that, but they do happen, and...

IBM, Academics Seek to Create a Computer That’s More Like Us

IBM and five universities are receiving funding from a government agency to build a supercomputer -- but not just any supercomputer. They've been tasked with building hardware and software that mimics the human brain. "There are no computers today that can even remotely approach the robust and versa...

OPINION

Internet Habits and the Presidency

When it comes to the Internet, Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently said that he's "an illiterate who has to rely on his wife for any assistance he can get." In an era where the Internet is playing an ever greater role, does such an admission matter, and does it say anything impor...

Hitting the Open Source Road With a Linux-Powered Driverless Vehicle

In what may well be one of the most unusual computing tasks performed by the Linux operating system, Terra Soft Solutions integrated its Yellow Dog Linux distribution and the Sony PlayStation 3 to guide a specially designed driverless car competing in the qualifying rounds for the DARPA autonomous v...

Robot-Car Finalists Rev Up for DARPA’s Urban Road Rally

Eleven robotic vehicles will compete in the final race Saturday of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Urban Challenge event. Selected from a group of 35 that participated in qualifying events over the past week or so, the 11 finalists will now have to successfully complete a complex, 60-m...

DARPA, Mobile Phone Makers Stoke Demand for Gallium Arsenide Devices

The market for gallium-arsenide technology -- spurred by the mobile phone industry and the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- could ascend to US$3 billion this year. Research by the Boston-based consultancy, Strategy Analytics, forecasts that GaAs device revenues will gr...

Tongue’s Potential Goes Far Beyond Taste

The human tongue could lead to the creation of the super soldier of the future. Scientists at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition have found a way to use the tongue to give soldiers extrasensory abilities. A device known as "Brain Port" provides users with owl-like 360-degree visio...

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