A Smarter Planet

Sep 30

FedEx’s New Electric Trucks Get a Boost From Diesel Turbines
Jordan Golson, wired.com
FedEx is testing a new powertrain that makes its trucks into electric vehicles with onboard diesel generators.The post FedEx’s New Electric Trucks Get a Boost From Diesel Turbines appeared first on WIRED.

FedEx’s New Electric Trucks Get a Boost From Diesel Turbines
Jordan Golson, wired.com

FedEx is testing a new powertrain that makes its trucks into electric vehicles with onboard diesel generators.The post FedEx’s New Electric Trucks Get a Boost From Diesel Turbines appeared first on WIRED.

Sep 29

IBM บนทวิตเตอร์: “Today in 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first to manipulate atoms one at a time. He went on to spell I-B-M: http://t.co/FHpefERroW”twitter.com
Today in 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first to manipulate atoms one at a time. He went on to spell I-B-M: pic.twitter.com/FHpefERroW

IBM บนทวิตเตอร์: “Today in 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first to manipulate atoms one at a time. He went on to spell I-B-M: http://t.co/FHpefERroW”
twitter.com

Today in 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first to manipulate atoms one at a time. He went on to spell I-B-M: pic.twitter.com/FHpefERroW

One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there
Stacey Higginbotham, gigaom.com
Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have an internet-connected device that isn’t a computer, phone or tablet in their homes, according to research from Parks Associates, the marketing of the smart h…

One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there
Stacey Higginbotham, gigaom.com

Right now, most people don’t want a smart home. And while about 13 percent of people have an internet-connected device that isn’t a computer, phone or tablet in their homes, according to research from Parks Associates, the marketing of the smart h…

Sep 26

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Sep 23

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This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books
One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books

One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

Watson, far from elementary for IBMfortune.com
Ginni Rometty explains her vision for how Watson will go from a Jeopardy star to a huge business for Big Blue.

Watson, far from elementary for IBM
fortune.com

Ginni Rometty explains her vision for how Watson will go from a Jeopardy star to a huge business for Big Blue.

Where In The World Is The Fastest Broadband?
Adriana Lee, readwrite.com
Here’s a sobering fact: Many of the most important innovations we depend on hinge on a fast Internet connection. And yet not all countries are delivering on the speed we need now—let alone what we’ll require in the future.Setting aside the issu…

Where In The World Is The Fastest Broadband?
Adriana Lee, readwrite.com

Here’s a sobering fact: Many of the most important innovations we depend on hinge on a fast Internet connection. And yet not all countries are delivering on the speed we need now—let alone what we’ll require in the future.

Setting aside the issu…

Sep 20

Wireless sensor transmits tumor pressure -

phys.org

The interstitial pressure inside a tumor is often remarkably high compared to normal tissues and is thought to impede the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents as well as decrease the effectiveness of radiation therapy. While medications exist that…

Sep 19

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
John Biggs, techcrunch.com
Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a…

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
John Biggs, techcrunch.com

Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a…

How One Georgia School District Delivers Smarter Education
Guest, asmarterplanet.com
By Heather Gibbs-Poe How can technology empower education?Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education…

How One Georgia School District Delivers Smarter Education
Guest, asmarterplanet.com

By Heather Gibbs-Poe
How can technology empower education?Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education…

Sep 18

India Wants To Build Massive Digital Infrastructure To Cover 800 Million Rural Citizens by 2019
Saritha Rai, forbes.com
A $17-billion government program to build a national optical fiber network that will connect India’s gram panchayats, or village-level governments, aims to cover the entire country in three years and could be a game changer, an Indian minister tol…

India Wants To Build Massive Digital Infrastructure To Cover 800 Million Rural Citizens by 2019
Saritha Rai, forbes.com

A $17-billion government program to build a national optical fiber network that will connect India’s gram panchayats, or village-level governments, aims to cover the entire country in three years and could be a game changer, an Indian minister tol…

Sep 17

smartercities:

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

smartercities:

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

Watson Ushers in Era of Analytics for All
Guest, asmarterplanet.com
IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology.By Alistair RennieJust as programmable computing changed the human landscape ov…

Watson Ushers in Era of Analytics for All
Guest, asmarterplanet.com

IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology.By Alistair RennieJust as programmable computing changed the human landscape ov…

Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign
By Josh Lowensohn, theverge.com
Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answe…

Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign
By Josh Lowensohn, theverge.com

Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answe…