A Smarter Planet

Aug 22

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…

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…

Aug 21

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…

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…

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…

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Aug 19

State Open Data Policies and Portalsdatainnovation.org
Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Laura Drees and Daniel Castro0SummaryThis report provides a snapshot of states’ efforts to create open data policies and portals and ranks states on their progress.  …

State Open Data Policies and Portals
datainnovation.org

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Laura Drees and Daniel Castro

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Summary

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…

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…

Aug 15

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.

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.

Aug 13

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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.

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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…

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 Businessbusinessreviewusa.com
Nowhere is the cloud’s presence more appreciated than in the information-heavy, always growing corporate arena.

5 Ways Cloud Computing is Changing How We Do Business
businessreviewusa.com

Nowhere is the cloud’s presence more appreciated than in the information-heavy, always growing corporate arena.

Aug 08

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…

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…

Aug 07

IBM’s new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power
Joseph Volpe, engadget.com
A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) chip. That single-core prototype has now been significantly scaled up,…

IBM’s new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power
Joseph Volpe, engadget.com

A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) chip. That single-core prototype has now been significantly scaled up,…

Boeing’s Figuring Out How to Make Jet Fuel From Tobacco -

wired.com

The plane maker and the airline settled on using tobacco instead of more established biofuel sources.

Aug 04

The Future Of Smart Things Is Dumb
MARK ROLSTON, fastcodesign.com
Frog’s ex-chief creative officer: There’s a better way to embed intelligence in our lives than surrounding ourselves with needy gadgets.Last weekend, I spent several hours updating the firmware for some lightbulbs in my home. Yes, I did a firmw…

The Future Of Smart Things Is Dumb
MARK ROLSTON, fastcodesign.com

Frog’s ex-chief creative officer: There’s a better way to embed intelligence in our lives than surrounding ourselves with needy gadgets.

Last weekend, I spent several hours updating the firmware for some lightbulbs in my home. Yes, I did a firmw…

Aug 02

Robo-cars, Uber Will Save Us Billions, Keep Us From Crashing And Put An End To Waiting At The DMV
Mark Rogowsky, forbes.com
One of the great American rites of passage has been the teenager earning his or her driver’s license. Nearly everyone went through some version of a parent trying to teach them to operate the family car, the trepidation of taking the driving test …

Robo-cars, Uber Will Save Us Billions, Keep Us From Crashing And Put An End To Waiting At The DMV
Mark Rogowsky, forbes.com

One of the great American rites of passage has been the teenager earning his or her driver’s license. Nearly everyone went through some version of a parent trying to teach them to operate the family car, the trepidation of taking the driving test …

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked
By Carl Franzen, theverge.com
If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of monthsNASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most…

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked
By Carl Franzen, theverge.com

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months

NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most…