Ossia’s Cota Wireless Power Tech Promises to Enable the Internet of Everything

Posted by mimin on June 27, 2018 in Electronic |

Over the past year or so, we’ve seen enough companies promising to deliver truly wireless power that we’re almost, almost starting to believe in it. But there’s an awful lot of hype, compounded by the fact that there are a bunch of very different technologies all targeting the same goal: charging everything, everywhere, without plugs […]

Hands-On with Ultrahaptics’ Invisible, Touchable Controls

Posted by mimin on June 24, 2018 in Electronic |

Last year at CES, we experienced a very cool demo from Ultrahaptics of an ultrasound-based gesture interface that provides invisible tactile feedback in mid-air. This year, Bristol, England-based start-up is showing how their technology can be embedded into devices like cars, stereos, and stoves. And it’s exactly as magical as we were hoping it would be. Ultrahaptics’ […]

Experts Still Think uBeam’s Through-the-Air Charging Tech Is Unlikely

Posted by mimin on June 23, 2018 in Electronic |

uBeam, a high-profile startup backed by some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors, has become a tech-industry sensation because of the wireless charging technology it claims to have in its labs. Scheduled for delivery next year, uBeam promises to use ultrasound to charge a mobile phone wirelessly, as you go about your business at home […]

Living Building is a Net-Zero Energy Education Center

Posted by mimin on June 19, 2018 in Electronic |

The Alice Ferguson Foundation recently cut the ribbon on its new “Grass” education center, a net-zero energy, net-zero water, carbon-neutral structure that’s designed to meet the strict requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Located on the shore of the Potomac River just a few miles south of Washington DC, the building will support the Foundation’s […]

Is Real Wireless Phone Charging Nearly Here?

Posted by mimin on June 17, 2018 in Electronic |

In 1891, Nikola Tesla performed an amazing demonstration: He illuminated a gas discharge tube (essentially a fluorescent bulb) with an electric field, showing that it was possible to transmit electric power without wires. Since then, advances in electronics and computing have given us portable versions of his contemporaries’ inventions—Bell’s telephone and Edison’s phonograph. But when […]

Smartphone Keyboard Teaches While You Text

Posted by mimin on June 8, 2018 in Electronic |

Eight companies graduated last week from the Intel Education Accelerator. None are going to set the world on fire, but all are prepared to make learning just a little bit easier. I’ll tell you about a few more of them later this week, but I have to start with the product that I think was […]

Teaching Children to Talk, Not Text

Posted by mimin on June 6, 2018 in Electronic |

My children, young American teenagers, don’t have cellphones yet. They think I’m monstrously out of touch with the century into which they were born. I think I’m conflicted and all over the place on this issue. As the editor of IEEE Spectrum, I could be showering them with all the latest and greatest devices. But […]

Medical microchipping is real Scientists develop tiny electronics that dissolve inside your body

Posted by mimin on June 4, 2018 in Electronic |

If you thought the concept of medically-injectable microchips was something out of a science fiction novel, think again. A cohort of scientists from universities the world over has developed a new type of implantable microchip capable of performing various pre-programmed functions inside the body for a certain period of time, and later dissolving into oblivion. […]

Trip Out on This: Circuit Breaker Troubleshooting Tips

Posted by mimin on June 3, 2018 in Electronic |

When a circuit breaker trips, you usually know right away — you lose power to one or more areas of the house. Most of the time, all you need to do is to open the main electrical panel for the house, find the breaker that appears to have tripped, and turn it back on. Sometimes, […]

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