09 May

If the Pentagon wants your product, it’s likely going to do well. Recently, the Pentagon purchased California-based start-up AOptix “Smart Mobile Identity System” for soldiers to do facial recognition from their Smartphone, which came at a pretty $3 million penny. This biometric scanner machine is taking the meaning behind “advanced phone technology” to a different level.

08 May

After the iPad debuted 3 1/2 years ago, the feeling was that Apple had once again pulled another market-defining rabbit out of its hat. And even though some characterized Apple's tablet as little more than a larger version of the iPod touch, the iPad was a hot item. People liked the idea of a computer they could tote along with the ease of...well, a tablet.

More validation for Apple's invention came in the sincerest form of flattery: Competitors began producing their own version of the tablet device, some on Android platforms, some using Windows. And many came in at price points below Apple's, renewing that old Windows/Mac refrain: "No, it's not a Mac. But it's just as good in lots of ways. And it's cheaper!"

06 May

As technology has continued to experience substantial growth in the past decade, one of the primary things delaying progress is battery life. Developing new software and hardware that doesn't drastically drain batteries on electronics is an ongoing challenge. Similarly, electric cars have been encumbered by batteries that limit the mileage a driver can go before needing a recharge. Widespread adaptation relies on an innovative mind coming up with a way to either extend battery life or shorten recharge time without increasing size.

05 May

Artificial brains keep getting smaller and more efficient. But could Neurogrid, as one of the latest models is known, really compare to a human brain?

Well, like other computerized devices that seek to replicate brain activity, that would seem to be the ultimate point, though inventions like Neurogrid might play an even more important role: Providing easier access to labs that want to explore brain modeling. As it stands, most computerized brains are either unwieldy or prohibitively expensive.

04 May

Medical science can diagnose many things. Broken bones, tumors, high cholesterol and blood pressure... But the inner workings of the human brain have always been elusive. Pain--an important part of patient treatment--is monitored on scales of one to ten, and as we all know, what some define as an "eight," others define as a "ten."

But that may soon change. Researchers, using brain scans, have been able to isolate a "neurological pain signature," visible when pain is felt through the skin. Scientists believe this is the first step toward being able to conclusively diagnose pain from headaches, back difficulties, and diseases.

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