Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:52 +0000A Startup Wants to Track Everything From Shoppers to Corn Yields Using Satellite Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/startup-wants-to-track-everything-from-shoppers-to-corn-yields-using-satellite-imagery-180954776/Orbital Insight, founded by a NASA and Google veteran, is quick to predict crop failures and estimate the current global oil surplusFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:52 +0000A Bus Stop Climbing Wall and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bus-stop-climbing-wall-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954783/Unbreakable shoelaces? They come in stylish colors and patternsFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:22:13 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-holograms-are-now-part-surgeons-toolkit-180954791/Technology hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smog-eating-buildings-battle-air-pollution-180954781/Sunlight triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stained-glass-windowl-new-american-art-museum-like-nothing-youve-seen-before-180954691/Artist Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000This Solar-Powered Plane is Currently Circumnavigating the World http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-powered-plane-circumnavigate-world-180954587/With 17,000 solar cells in its wing and tail, the aircraft relies solely on sunshine to keep its motors runningMon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:48 +0000Innovation Handi-Hour Gives Creative Types the Chance to Dive-in Hands Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Innovation-handi-hour-gives-creative-types-chance-dive-hands-first-180954710/These artists blur boundaries between craft and manufacturing, using lasers, computers and 3D printersMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:14:26 +0000Rice Can Help Save Salmon If Farms Are Allowed to Floodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rice-can-help-save-salmon-if-farms-are-allowed-flood-180954713/The Nigiri Project aims to restore the beloved fish by cutting a notch in a California levee and letting some floodplains return to natureMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:19:50 +0000New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-works-nam-june-paik-discovered-smithsonian-american-art-museum-180954571/While inventorying the massive archival materials left by the artist, a researcher comes across forgotten works of artMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Turn Packing Peanuts Into Battery Componentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-turn-packing-peanuts-into-battery-components-180954697/Chemical engineers at Purdue University have found a surprising way to repurpose the foam piecesMon, 23 Mar 2015 11:27:30 +0000A Moon Landing in Virtual Reality, Bookniture and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/moon-landing-in-virtual-reality-bookniture-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954687/Could a new material that uses static charge to stick to any surface spell doom for Post-it notes?Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:40:06 +0000An App Helps the Blind to Type Quickly and Efficiently on an iPadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-helps-blind-type-quickly-and-efficiently-ipad-180954674/The iBrailler Notes app provides the blind and visually impaired with a Braille writer at an affordable priceThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:14:28 +0000Could a Bra Actually Detect Breast Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-a-bra-actually-detect-breast-cancer-180954612/Using thermodynamic sensors, the iTBra could one day screen for breast cancer, but experts are waryThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:02:10 +0000Electric Cars Can Make Cities Coolerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/electric-cars-can-make-cities-cooler-180954635/It's not just the flash and style, either—electric engines emit less heat than gas ones and could combat the urban heat island effectThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Future is Here 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-2015-180954528/The Future is Here 2015Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:00:01 +0000Are Cars Driving Into the Sunset?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-cars-driving-sunset-180954576/Our love affair with automobiles is changing in the face of climate change and denser urban livingMon, 16 Mar 2015 15:55:05 +0000This App Recommends Volunteer Opportunities Based on the News You Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-app-recommends-volunteer-opportunities-based-on-the-news-you-read-180954511/Ideal Impact connects people that show an interest in a particular cause with organizations that could use their helpMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:46:58 +0000A Ghostbusters Board Game, Lights That Respond to Music and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ghostbusters-board-game-lights-that-respond-to-music-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954564/Also, a sensor that uses thermal technology to track the amount of gas left in a tankFri, 13 Mar 2015 19:44:58 +0000Ed Roberts' Wheelchair Records a Story of Obstacles Overcomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ed-roberts-wheelchair-records-story-obstacles-overcome-180954531/The champion of the disability rights movement refused to be hindered and challenged the world to create spaces for independent living Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:06:50 +0000It Was Only a Matter of Time: Drones Get Their Own Film Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/it-was-only-matter-time-drones-get-their-own-film-festival-180954560/Hoping to clean up the tarnished image of drones, a filmmaker shifts the focus to their potential for changing how movies are madeFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:59 +0000From Auto-Tune to Motor Oil, Pi Helps Power the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ultimate-pi-day-auto-tune-motor-oil-math-helps-power-world-180954558/More than just a famously never-ending number, pi has a knack for appearing in the mathematical formulas we use every dayFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:26:53 +0000With Wearable Devices That Monitor Air Quality, Scientists Can Crowdsource Pollution Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-wearable-devices-that-monitor-air-quality-scientists-can-crowdsource-pollution-maps-180954556/Emerging technology means anyone with a smartphone can become a mobile environmental monitoring stationThu, 12 Mar 2015 19:52:25 +0000Fecal Fermentation and Electronic Pills May Help Decipher Gut Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fecal-fementation-and-electronic-pills-may-help-decipher-gut-gases-180954538/Some intestinal gases have been linked with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer, so tracking them might explain the connectionThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Future is Here 2015: Speaker Bioshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-2015-speaker-bios-180954712/The Future is Here 2015: Speaker BiosWed, 11 Mar 2015 12:51:26 +0000How a Smithsonian Artifact Ended Up in a Popular Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-artifact-ended-video-game-never-alone-180954500/To connect with a worldwide audience, an Alaska Native community shared its story with the creators of "Never Alone"Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:07:18 +0000Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Ever Topple?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-leaning-tower-pisa-topple-180954493/Imperceptible changes are occurring, but no worries, a collapse is not in the forecastMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:06:11 +0000An Augmented Reality Children's Book, Bacon Jerky and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/augmented-reality-childrens-book-bacon-jerky-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954497/Never worry about halitosis again with the Breathometer Mint bad breath trackerFri, 06 Mar 2015 21:18:39 +0000How Close Are We to Creating a Real-Life Chappie?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-close-are-we-creating-real-life-chappie-180954495/Despite the potential danger, some scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before autonomous sentient robots walk among us Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:22:47 +0000A Norwegian Company is Transforming Deserts Into Farmlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/norwegian-company-transforming-deserts-into-farmland-180954486/Solar power plants in Qatar and Jordan, not far from the sea, are powering desalination systems that irrigate plants in and around greenhousesFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:14:20 +0000These Apps Help Kids With Autism Learn Basic Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-apps-help-kids-with-autism-learn-basic-skills-180954400/Infiniteach, a Chicago startup, is building learning tools for the one in 68 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders todayThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:36:28 +0000Solar Panels in the Screens of Smartphones Could Power the Deviceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-panels-in-the-screens-of-smartphones-could-power-the-devices-180954457/Kyocera unveils a prototype for a phone with a layer of transparent crystals in its screen that helps to charge it both indoors and outsideThu, 05 Mar 2015 13:09:44 +0000A Scientist Accidentally Developed Sunglasses That Could Correct Color Blindnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientist-accidentally-developed-sunglasses-that-could-correct-color-blindness-180954456/The California company EnChroma is creating lenses that allow some to see colors for the first timeTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:30:47 +0000Want to Fly a Drone? Here's Where You Can Do It (Legally, at Least)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-drones-fly-legally-united-states-180954454/As personal and commercial drones become more prevalent, how are state and federal legislators responding? Explore with this interactive mapTue, 03 Mar 2015 18:23:50 +0000How Data and a Good Algorithm Can Help Predict Where Fires Will Start http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-data-and-good-algorithm-can-help-predict-where-fires-will-start-180954436/The New York City Fire Department is using a tool called FireCast to predict which buildings are most likely to have firesMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:08:51 +0000A "Smart" Mattress Cover and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-mattress-cover-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954424/Don't have a green thumb? A sensor for your potted plants alerts you when they need wateringFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:50:01 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/use-virtual-reality-eliminate-pain-your-neck-180954422/Altering visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000The Eiffel Tower Gets a Green Upgradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eiffel-tower-gets-green-upgrade-180954401/The landmark now has two wind turbines above its second levelThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:08:41 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-browns-guitar-drove-wind-me-up-rhythm-180954351/The Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-wind-wheel-part-green-tech-showcase-part-architectural-attraction-180954377/A giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-libraries-along-fiber-optic-lines-in-sub-saharan-africa-180954192/The Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000A Kit to Make Robots Out of Drinking Straws and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kit-to-make-robots-out-drinking-straws-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954370/Perhaps a three-dimensional paper mount of an animal is just what your living room needsFri, 20 Feb 2015 21:11:19 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/someone-built-new-font-out-of-buildings-180954330/Created out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Playedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/duplication-nation-3D-printing-rise-180954332/Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and artThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000This $34 Smartphone-Assisted Device Could Revolutionize Disease Testinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/34-smartphone-assisted-device-could-revolutionize-disease-testing-180954280/A new low-cost device that plugs into a smartphone could cut down on expensive lab testsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000Ultra-Cheap Microscopes Could Save Millions of Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ultra-cheap-microscopes-could-save-millions-lives-180954290/Researchers are designing portable microscopes that cost just a few dollars to makeTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:09:56 +0000Would You Like to Grow Color-Changing Flowers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/would-you-like-to-grow-color-changing-flowers-180954245/A Colorado company is working to genetically engineer petunias that change colors throughout the daySat, 14 Feb 2015 16:28:34 +0000Five Wild Ideas: From a Vest for Weight Loss to an Electric Skateboardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-from-vest-weight-loss-to-electric-skateboard-180954273/Plus, building blocks for children inspired by ArchimedesFri, 13 Feb 2015 20:38:05 +0000Cabs of the Future Won't Have Drivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/cabs-future-wont-have-drivers-180954250/Recent moves by Uber and Google may foreshadow a battle over who will control fleets of autonomous cars on city streetsFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:25:01 +0000Eddie Van Halen Riffs on How Necessity Drives Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/interview-eddie-van-halen-necessity-innovation-180954248/The rock star who invents guitars says that perfection is boring and mistakes are the "most exciting element of music"Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:03:30 +0000A Man With ALS Says "I Love You" to His Wife for the First Time in 15 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/man-with-ALS-says-I-love-you-his-wife-first-time-15-years-180954230/A new invention from Not Impossible Labs allows Don Moir to script an audible love letterThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:35:40 +0000Help for the Brokenhearted: Wearable, Biosynthetic and 'Beatless' Artificial Heartshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/help-brokenhearted-wearable-biosynthetic-and-beatless-artificial-hearts-180954215/Cow-machine hybrids and continuous-flow technologies are helping people survive devastating heart failureThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:07:07 +0000What is the Most Important Innovation in the History of Rock 'n' Roll?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-most-important-innovation-history-rock-n-roll-180954190/Musicians, historians and critics tell us what they consider to be the greatest game changers for the industryTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000Trained in CPR? This Life-Saving App Could Make You a Superherohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/trained-cpr-app-this-life-saving-app-could-make-you-a-superhero-180954179/When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, PulsePoint sends alerts to CPR-certified invidividuals nearbyMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:10:51 +0000A Feisty Capt. James T. Kirk Checks in on the Starship "Enterprise"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/feisty-capt-james-kirk-checks-in-on-starship-enterprise-180954166/When the model for the TV show "Star Trek" was removed for conservation, the 83-year-old actor William Shatner weighed inMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:50 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From an Automated Home Brewery to a Personal (Robot) Assistanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-funded-automated-home-brewery-personal-robot-assistant-180954151/Two other quirky inventions teach music in novel waysFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:15:42 +0000New Satellite Network Launching This Year Aims to Improve Weather Forecastinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-satellite-network-launching-year-aims-improve-weather-forecasting-180954150/With a network of compact, low-cost weather satellites with smartphone-like internals, startup Spire plans to make future forecasts a lot more reliableFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:57:21 +0000Japan Announces Plans for the First Hotel Run by Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-announces-plans-first-hotel-run-robots-180954168/Slated to open July 17, the hotel in a Japanese theme park will be staffed by "actroids"Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:32:50 +0000Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Betweenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-buildings-for-hot-climates-cold-ones-and-everything-in-between-180954003/A decade's worth of sustainable projects by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm, BIG, are now on display at the National Building MuseumThu, 05 Feb 2015 21:02:57 +0000The Recipe for Innovation Calls for a Little Chaos and Some Wall Bashinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recipe-innovation-and-invention-calls-little-chaos-and-some-wall-bashing-180954138/Scholar Art Molella chronicles the habits, habitats and behaviors of the men and women who invent Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:04:52 +0000Saving Money is Great, but Saving the Chesapeake Bay Will Be Even Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/saving-money-great-but-saving-chesapeake-bay-will-be-even-better-180954110/Whitman Miller's “off the shelf” technology may answer complicated questions about rising CO2 and ocean acidificationTue, 03 Feb 2015 18:18:33 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-14th-century-chinese-artist-is-having-rebirth-180954080/The rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From a Digital Typewriter to Treadmill-Powered Gaminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-from-a-digital-typewriter-to-treadmill-powered-gaming-180954095/A Los Angeles group is also creating greeting cards with personalized audio messages from top celebritiesFri, 30 Jan 2015 20:51:20 +0000Hacking the Human Body With Temporary Tattoos and Tiny Implantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hacking-the-human-body-with-temporary-tattoos-and-tiny-implants-180954096/Using electrical charges to treat diseases, from diabetes to obesity, is picking up speedFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:27:55 +0000Orchidelirium, an Obsession with Orchids, Has Lasted for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchidelirium-obsession-orchids-lasted-centuries-180954060/The once-elusive flower's striking beauty has inspired collectors and scientists to make it more accessibleThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:13 +0000Three Stanford Graduates Are Matching Unused Prescriptions With Patients Who Need Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/three-stanford-graduates-are-matching-unused-prescriptions-with-patients-who-need-them-180954032/Unopened drugs—billions of dollars worth—are trashed in this country each year. What if they instead went to the 50 million who can't afford them?Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:29:30 +0000What Is Bitcoin, Exactly?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-bitcoin-exactly-180954033/A new book tells the backstory and provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the much buzzed-about cryptocurrency Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:00:38 +0000