January 9, 2017

Thumbs Up for Forgetting Your Wallet at the Supermarket Check Stand

It’s a scenario you know well: you visit a grocery store, spend time selecting groceries, then finally approach the light at the end of the tunnel: the checkout stand. The cashier scans all of the items, and then it’s time to pay. You reach into your pocket, and panic: Your […]
December 31, 2016
Kai Kloeofer and his smart gun.

The Smarter Gun May Resolve a Long-Standing Policy Debate

In 2016, there will be nearly 30,000 injuries and 15,000 deaths from gun misfirings. These injuries and deaths have radically changed the lives of all their families. Gun control is a hot topic politically, and trying to balance the Second Amendment while trying to minimize accidental deaths and injuries is […]
December 8, 2016
US Airways Jet Flight 1549 in the Hudson River

Sully vs. the Simulators and Sensors

I like airplanes and dramas with happy endings. So I followed the story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his handling of US Airways Flight 1549 when a flock of birds disabled both engines forcing him to land in the Hudson River. I enjoyed the recently-released movie, Sully, starring Tom Hanks, […]
December 6, 2016

How the Raspberry (Pi) Adds Flavor to the Future of Computer Programming

Coding is increasingly becoming a more valued skill in today’s job market. Introducing the concept of coding early on to kids and teenagers could help introduce them to a life-long career. One helpful tool that was specifically designed to teach coding is the Raspberry Pi, which is a small multipurpose […]
November 22, 2016

Virtual Reality: A Real-Life Physician’s Assistant

Have you ever used virtual reality (VR) before? The technology is so promising, you can’t help but wonder all the things it will one day be used for! One industry which VR will especially impact is healthcare. Scientists, computer engineers, doctors and more have been working together to assist in […]
November 3, 2016

Coming to a Wrist Near You: Smart Watch Assistants

With a relatively simple software update, your smartwatch could be even smarter. Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept that can take any smartwatch and make it capable of telling what object (which must be vibrating in your hand) you are currently holding. This is done by changing how often the watch […]
October 28, 2016

California Law: Test Your Driverless Cars in These Two Areas

California’s tech sector is expanding into new areas. It’s Governor, Jerry Brown, recently signed a law allowing for self-driving cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and don’t need a human driver. Maximum speed: 35 mph. However, this law doesn’t apply to the whole state of California; it’s specific to […]
October 24, 2016

NIST’s Top Cyber Scientist: Start Plugging Internet Vulnerabilities

It’s a scary, ominous thought: The cybersecurity systems we currently have in place aren’t working. That’s what Ron Ross told the National Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity during a meeting in Minneapolis. Ross should know what he’s talking about; he’s the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s top computer security […]
October 12, 2016
Empty chairs at the DMV

Autonomous Chairs? Seriously?

I came across some articles recently about Nissan’s autonomous chairs (here and here). Wait! Is that a typo? Should “chairs” be “cars”? No, it was not a typo. Seriously? Then is it a parody? Nope. Nissan does have autonomous chairs. Instead of standing in a line, patrons can instead sit […]
September 29, 2016
Semi Truck on a Highway

Limit Conditions for Autonomous Trucks

A few companies are working on developing autonomous long-haul trucks for freeways. Articles here, here, and here mention the following as some of the driving (pun intended) factors for this technology: A driver shortage exists. Old drivers are retiring faster than new ones are joining. Trucks can stay on the […]