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One day in March, I was sitting across from Facebook's design director, Kate Aronowitz, at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park when she told me, "It takes a lot of work to create the perfect empty vessel."
WorldKit is a system under development that combines cameras, projectors, and computers to allow everyday surfaces to host controllers for electronic devices.
Researchers at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Paris unveiled electronic ink displays that can bend as a form of input.
The MQTT protocol for telemetry messaging could help address the significant challenge of enabling all types of smart devices to communicate with one another.
Advances in technologies will transform what manufacturers can produce, the worker's role, and the products available to consumers.
Researchers are developing robotic systems that can negotiate with people to determine the best way to achieve their goals.
Forecasting future technology has never been easy. In the 1950s, scientists and technologists envisaged that by now the world would be free from disease, traversed by flying cars, and fueled by minerals from distant planets.
In the semiconductor world, integration is omnipresent, driven by Moore's Law. Integration reduces power and cost while increasing performance. The latest realization of this trend is the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) approach pervasive…
Brian M. Krzanich, who on Thursday was named Intel's next chief executive, knows he faces a hefty challenge when he takes over the world's biggest maker of semiconductors.
Google has stoked our collective imagination via relentless promotion of its Google Glass wearable computer in recent months.
There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern California, she's had stunning success getting more women involved…
A transparent patch containing electronic circuits as thin as a human hair could be used to monitor rudimentary brain activity.
The iterative zooming technique ZoomBoard could be used to enter text into ultra-small computers, such as smartwatches.
Computer scientists have reached a record simulation speed of 504 billion events per second on the Sequoia Blue Gene/Q supercomputer.
The next generation of digital cameras could show us how bugs see the world.
A team of engineers plan to use a structure that is similar to the armored tail of a seahorse to create a flexible robotic arm with muscles made out of polymer.
Two new developments in RFID research could pave the way for tags that are thinner, cheaper, and more versatile. Using new materials and cutting-edge laser fabrication, engineers at North Dakota State University have made RFID…
In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea.
Ever since it was discovered in 2004, graphene has been hailed as a natural wonder of the materials world destined to transform our lives in the 21st century.
Today's IT jobs market is far from uniform, but some trends stand out. Employers are under pressure to fill positions, salaries are being pushed up, and tony tech firms are going all out with perks to attract and retain talent…
Input from social media and crowdsourcing can help students identify needs for products or services, generate ideas, and more easily test those ideas.
WashBOT is a multiyear project to automate the process of cleaning recessed windows in buildings that present problems for human and machine-based washers.
Resistive memory cells are not purely passive components, but should be regarded as tiny batteries.
Researchers have developed a new system to deliver information and remote expertise to field engineers performing maintenance and repairs on critical equipment.
Increasingly sophisticated brain computer interfaces might soon allow users to interact with smart devices using only their minds.
Due to Congressional rules, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology had to choose new leadership this year.
Researchers are developing a tornado modeling and simulation system that aims to explain why some storms generate tornadoes, while others do not.
It's often said that we live in an age of increased specialization: physicians who treat just one ailment, scholars who study just one period, network administrators who know just one operating system.
Last week, engineers sniffing around the programming code for Google Glass found hidden examples of ways that people might interact with the wearable computers without having to say a word.
Researchers are making headway with one of quantum computing's major theoretical problems: multi-prover interactive proofs.