Philips’ Hue Beyond brings smart lighting to lamps and table lights
Daniel Cooper, engadget.com
Here’s a thing that we learned today: an enclosed light fitting, like a table lamp or a pendant light is technically called a luminaire. The reason that we now know this, is because that’s the phrase Philips is using to describe the latest additio…
Robots Can Now Tend Your Garden For You
BEN SCHILLER, fastcoexist.com
Harvest Automation’s new robots are the latest addition to the farm.
One of Harvest Automation’s new nursery bots can work 10 hours a day for $40—a lot less than even an illegal worker might get for the same job. And, as an employer, you have n…
Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace: Green technologies now produce 22% of world’s electricity @ International Energy Agency via Guardian
Science Graphic of the Week: Where We Should and Shouldn’t Build Roads in the Future -
Nick Stockton, wired.com
Humans are going to pave over 15 million miles of new roads in the next 35 years. This map shows where those roads should and should not go.
Hit the pavement with runScribe for detailed biomechanic data to improve your stride
Kevin C. Tofel, gigaom.com
As a lifelong runner, one of my biggest challenges is staying healthy. Wearing the wrong shoes for my particular type of stride, for example, can result in shin splints, strained muscles or worse. The problem is actually knowing enough about my…
Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware
Darrell Etherington, techcrunch.com
The Internet of Things gets a lot of hype, but its rollout is slow and it will take a long time for consumers to upgrade existing, non-connected devices that still work fine into something that can communicate with computing gadgets like smartphon…
GPS is Tracking West’s Vanishing Water, Scientists Surprised to Learn
Michelle Nijhuis, nationalgeographic.com
Scientists discover that GPS can measure how much water has disappeared from the West. It’s a bucketload.
Throughout the western United States, a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations has been monitoring tiny movements in the Earth…
State Open Data Policies and Portals
Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Laura Drees and Daniel Castro
This report provides a snapshot of states’ efforts to create open data policies and portals and ranks states on their progress. …
Spray-On Solar May Be Cheaper And More Eco-Friendly Than The Panels On Your Roof
ADELE PETERS, fastcoexist.com
Spray-on solar cells take less energy to make and can be put on everything from jeans to cars.
Scientists are one step closer to spray-on solar power. Instead of traditional bulky solar cells encased in glass—which can be awkward to put in plac…
A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm | KurzweilAI
The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.
“Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.”
The ‘K’ stands for Kilobots, the name given to these extremely simple robots, each just a few centimeters across, standing on three pin-like legs. Instead of one highly complex robot, a “kilo” of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors.
Big Data Helps Keep Netherlands Above Water | People For Smarter Cities
With more than half of the Dutch population living in areas prone to large-scale floods, efficient and responsive water management is paramount to ensuring citizens’ safety and quality of life. Read how the Netherlands is controlling the country’s flow of water through streams of smart data.
The Future Of Food, Mapped Out For The Next 10 Years
ARIEL SCHWARTZ, fastcoexist.com
One meal in San Francisco provides a glimpse at the future of food—and it sure looks fancy.
In June, I sat down to a dinner in San Francisco that couldn’t have taken place a decade ago.
For the appetizer, the long table of guests shared bowls…
5 Ways Cloud Computing is Changing How We Do Business
Nowhere is the cloud’s presence more appreciated than in the information-heavy, always growing corporate arena.
When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor
Catherine Pickavet, techcrunch.com
Editor’s note: Ben Maximilian Heubl, is a tech blogger, a data journalist (data journalism ambassador for Infogr.am), digital health geek and technology advocate and speaker. Ben founded a European chapter of the non-for profit organizat…