Would you rather have a power-hungry cellphone that could software-decode hundreds of video codecs, or a hyper-efficient system-on-chip that only processes H.264? These are the tough decisions mobile designers have to make, but perhaps not for much longer. MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a solution that could spell the end for inefficient devices.
We've seen robotics improve by (literal)leapsandboundsrecently, but what about more nuanced things, like a fine sense of touch? Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University are showing off a new fingertip version of theGelSightsensor, a cube-shaped attachment that uses a camera and a sensitive rubber film to 3D map the objects they're grabbing.
ith funding coming entirely from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon's advanced technological research arm, Cheetah 2 could be deployed towards one of the US military's emerging areas of focus: disaster response.Robotics researchers at MIT have unveiled a four-legged robot with an amazing new ability: "The Cheetah 2" can jump.
What's the safest place to put anuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept fromMITenvisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators explain, lends it several crucial advantages -- making it virtually immune to earthquakes,tsunamisand meltdowns.
Scientists have long yearned for a neuron-by-neuron illustration of brain activity; get that and you can see exactly what drives an animal's thoughts and reflexes. MIT may make those wishes come true, as it justrevealed a systemthat produces a complete 3D neural activity map.
Following the Fukushima disaster back in 2011, MIT has developed a floating nuclear plant that would avoid several of the issues with present-day plants, including being essentially immune to tsunamis and being able to use sea water to cool down in the event of a catastrophe of some sort.
special release price of $109 for 48 hours, untilInstead of interesting graphical displays, the latest Tokyoflash watch uses a word matrix to tell you the time or date. The words needed to display the information flash on the face of the Kisai Kaidoku Wood watch, so you don’t have to learn to decode a pattern to tell the time.
It'd be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense -- we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we've seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks more like a fraternity.
Today at Apple's live iPhone 6 event , Phil Schiller announced the phone will feature a brand new A8 chip. It's 13 percent smaller than the previous generation, has 2 billion transistors, and features 64-bit support. It's a 20nm process. Of course, what matters is speed. The new chip boosts CPU performance by 25 percent and is 50 times faster than the original iPhone.
If you're sporting one ofFitbit'sactivity trackers, you can now automate tasks and reminders with the help ofIFTTT(If This Then That). The recipe-based software announced a dedicated channel for the sporty gadgets today, handling duties based on goals, activity, sleep, weight and more.
When you hear the word "wearable," there's a good chance you think of a wristband, probably one that tracks your activity. Ever since Nike launched theFuelBand, your lower arm has become the main focus for fitness tech. Already the rot is setting in, though. Nikeis rumoredto be leaving the game completely (even ifrecent eventssuggest otherwise).
Thought experiment time, folks: what would do you if you wanted to warm up a few people in a big, chilly room? Prevailing logic says to crank up the heat, but let's be honest here: sometimes the prevailing logic sucks. The folks from MIT's Senseable City Lab project have cooked up a more efficient (if slightly kookier) way to go calledLocal Warming.
The climate is so arid in some corners of the globe that virtually any source of water is crucial to survival; even the fog rolling over the hills could make a big difference. MIT is well aware of this, and has been testing an advanced form offog harvestingin Chile's Atacama Desert (one of the driest places on the planet) to see how the technology can help communities in very harsh regions.
Apple is casting its net wide and vague to grab health and sensor expertise in the build-up to the iWatch and iOS 8's Healthbook, one biosignals startup has claimed, as the "leaker" behind the biometric EarPod rumor earlier this month admits it was all fake. The Cupertino firm's ambitions for its healthcare platform extends considerably beyond a wearable device or two, it's suggested, with the iWatch team said to be planning "a full health and fitness services platform.
As the reviews editor for this tech blog, I often get asked which fitness tracker I own. And I tell people: I don't need one, silly; I run marathons. Maybe that sounds snotty, but it's true: During training season, at least, I'm probably more active than most people buying a fitness band. And besides, I already own a running watch to track my time, distance and pace.
For most smartphone users, one's life is funneled through their handset in some manner, whether through searches or messages or other activities. In the grander scheme of things, the device also gathers behavioral data, including things like one's call record and location. Using this information, startup Ginger.
Connected devices come in many flavors, some from big-name companies, others from lesser known entities looking to nab their piece of the industry pie. Regardless, the market is filled with energy-inefficient products, and they are having an unfortunate effect: billions of dollars in wasted electricity every year.
As we all know by now, the tech industry is overwhelmingly male. And when it comes to women entrepreneurs running VC-backed startups, the numbers are even more abysmal. While about half the small businesses in the U.S. are founded by women, in the tech industry women founders represent less than 7% of startups that get VC funding, according to research from MIT.
Steve Jobs gave the perfect analogy to explain computers. He called it a "bicycle for the mind."This is exactly what the iPhone and the smartphones that followed have done for people: instead of a computer being a destination, it’s something that is always with us, ready to call up a map, or a restaurant recommendation, or simply fill time with a flapping bird," says Thompson.