TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
On most days, the air seems to vibrate at a higher frequency in the labs of West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. This week, the work of the center’s engineers, technicians and students is particularly busy. One year after the biggest scandal in automotive history, stakeholders from across the industry are gathering in Morgantown to discuss the future of emissions technology.
When an American company outsources work to an Indian firm, plenty of IT professionals bemoan how management is willing to bury middle-class jobs in pursuit of profits. But what if the organization doing the outsourcing is a public university?
Books that are centuries old are often too delicate for museums to open, read, or explore without causing damage. But a new camera developed by a team of MIT researchers can read these books without ever touching them. "I wanted to know how deeply you could read a closed book, because no one has ever tried that," researcher Barmark Heshmat said in a video published by the MIT Media Lab. A paper about the new camera was published in "Nature Communication" and notes that it uses terahertz radiation, which falls between the microwave and infrared spectrums.
Need more space? SanDisk has you covered. At the Photokina 2016 photography show on Monday, the leading flash memory products manufacturer revealed a prototype of a mindblowingly spacious one-terabyte (ir 1,000 GB) SDXC memory card.
The announcement of the card comes 16 years after SanDisk's parent company, Western Digital, introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card, and though this new card has a much greater storage capacity, it still somehow manages to remain the same convenient size as a regular memory card.
A Canadian startup that lets people use gestures instead of a mouse or keyboard to interact with computers scored major funding from Amazon.com Inc., Intel Corp. and Fidelity Investments.
Thalmic Labs Inc. raised $120 million, the Kitchener, Ontario-based company said in a statement Monday, a sum rarely seen in Canadian venture capital. First Round Capital, Spark Capital and iNovia also participated in the deal. Thalmic builds an armband that interprets electrical signals in arm muscles to allow users to play games or swipe through articles hands-free
In early 2015, Georgia Tech student Ryan Pickren made headlines when he was arrested on charges of hacking into the calendar system of rival school University of Georgia ahead of a big football game and added an entry saying "Get Ass Kicked By GT."
While he could have faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine, Pickren was allowed to complete a pretrial diversion program and the charges were dropped.
When you think about the advance of technology in society in the last decade, the progress has been phenomenal – just take a look at these examples to see how far we have come in such a short space of time. Now, think about education. Think about the technology in your school ten years ago – perhaps a computer suite with an unreliable bank of PC’s; CD-ROMs; discs; slow, irrelevant programs; staff scared of using IT; and so on.
OK, we concede, there are some schools where this is still the picture, but the future of Educational Technologies are a lot brighter, and here is why we think that the next ten years of tech will be staggering. Belt up, and prepare for the voyage…