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Researchers creating assistant that whispers directions in your ear

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on artificial intelligence software that could one day act like a personal assistant, whispering directions to get to a restaurant, put together a book shelf or repair a manufacturing machine. The software is named Gabriel, after the angel that serves as God’s messenger, and is designed to be used in a wearable vision ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: 10 Top technical achievements in video games for 2015

Videos games are all about an adrenaline rush, but there’s an amazing amount of work that goes into making the gameplay more innovative and awe-inspiring. These programming techniques and tech advances also make the games more realistic, visually stunning, or just more enjoyable to play. Here are my top picks. 1. Rise of the Tomb Raider lighting effects If you ... Read More »

Obama and Bill Gates tout plans to double clean energy research spending

President Barack Obama today announced that the U.S. is joining 19 other countries and 28 leading technology innovators to double funding and other resources for clean energy research and development. The multinational program, known as “Mission Innovation,” was announced at the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris. Along with public funding, the high-profile investors — known as the Breakthrough Energy Coalition — ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Holiday gift buying guide for gadgets: Dark side or light side of the force?

You don’t know the power…of buying a gadget this holiday season. It can make or break your relationships, with friends at work, with family, or with Aunt Judy from Toledo. Often, it comes down to a decision between two powerful forces (er, devices). I’ve offered some guidance below to help you make the right decision and maybe even earn some ... Read More »

User reviews from 5,000 people tapped for 3D printer buyer’s guide

Online community 3D Hubs has published its second annual 3D Printer Guide for 2016, based on reviews from 5,350 verified 3D printer owners of 441 different 3D printer models. In all, the guide rated 146 machines, with “10” the highest ranking and “1” the lowest. The ratings include the top 20 machines in five categories and 126 printers that didn’t ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: 5 most important tech advancements of 2015

Technology has a way to creeping up on us and making a bold leap forward. In 2015, we witnessed the first legitimate effort to make cars drive autonomously, a few groundbreaking apps, and at least one hugely important milestone in virtual assistance. Here are my top picks of the year, in no particular order. 1. Tesla Autopilot Say what you ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: A latency-killing, cloud storage network is coming to a city near you

There have been a lot of innovations in enterprise storage in recent years and months — much of it focused on driving storage to the public cloud to save costs. But what storage vendors haven’t been able to truly crack is the latency factor associated with moving the data back and forth from the cloud to the enterprise. That, and ... Read More »

Daimler to recycle electric car batteries for massive energy storage systems

Daimler AG announced that it is cobbling together used lithium-ion batteries from electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to create massive power storage systems for commercial use. The first of Daimler’s “2nd use battery storage units” will consist of 1,000 smart electric drive vehicle batteries and have a 13 million watt hour (MWh) capacity. It is expected to be connected to the electrical ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Here come the robot swarms

At a symposium concerned with the advances and regulatory issues pertaining to the burgeoning area of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, aka “drones”), Dr. Richard Kelley of the University of Nevada at Reno brought up something that is still oscillating in my head: In almost every article or discussion on drones, the machines are talked about in the singular, i.e., the ... Read More »

Nanoparticle breakthrough could lead to faster-charging batteries

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have gained new insight into the nanoscale workings of Lithium Ion batteries, a discovery that could speed the development of batteries that can be recharged in seconds. The team of scientists spent the last 7 months investigating batteries containing quantum dots made of iron pyrite, also known as “fool’s gold.” Quantum dots are particles just a ... Read More »

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