Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:30:47 +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 +0000Until Now, There Was No Play Button for the Recordings Bell and Edison Made in their Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/until-now-there-was-no-play-button-recordings-bell-edison-made-in-their-lab-180954015/An exhibition on sound kicks off the American History Museum's Year of Innovation, enabling visitors to hear some of the earliest recordingsMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:53:37 +0000How Sticks and Shell Charts Became a Sophisticated System for Navigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-sticks-and-shell-charts-became-sophisticated-system-navigation-180954018/Sailors navigating with sextant, compass and maps found in the Marshall Islands that curved sticks and cowry shells were far more sophisticatedMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:29:10 +0000Craziest Airplane Cabins of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/craziest-airplane-cabins-future-180954021/These airplane cabin designs—both real and conceptual—show what might await us on flights in the near futureSun, 25 Jan 2015 19:24:34 +0000These Celestial Highlights Include Flowing Auroras and a Cracked Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-celestial-highlights-include-flowing-auroras-and-cracked-comet-180954005/Catch up on the week's best space images, from a cyclone's glowing eye to a surreal Martian vistaFri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:06 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From A Fitbit for Dogs to Soap Jewelryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-from-a-fitbit-for-dogs-to-soap-jewelry-180953987/Not to mention, a bizarre bike-treadmill hybrid meant to reduce the strain on runners' jointsThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:05:38 +0000The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/international-space-station-will-soon-be-able-measure-forest-density-using-lasers-180953970/Strengthening the planet’s forests is one critical way to combat climate changeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-180953979/Hidden inscriptions offer new clues to the origins of a mysterious astronomical mechanismWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Lasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-scrolls-blackened-vesuvius-are-readable-last-herculaneum-papyri-180953950/X-ray scans can just tease out letters on the warped documents from a library at HerculaneumTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Smart Stethoscope Attachment Could Lead to More Accurate Diagnoseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-stethoscope-attachment-could-lead-more-accurate-diagnoses-180953912/Eko Core clips on to existing stethoscopes and lets physicians share heart sounds through their smartphones and the WebSat, 17 Jan 2015 00:57:18 +0000Best Space Photos of the Week: From Solar Flares to Saturn's Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-photos-week-solar-flares-saturns-moons-titan-mars-earth-virgin-180953917/A spitting sun, a well-loved lake and a happy accident on Mars star in this week's best space imagesFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:59 +000010 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-victorian-inventions-never-quite-took-180953865/Flops from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century EnglandThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:38:55 +0000Museums Are Now Able to Digitize Thousands of Artifacts in Just Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museums-are-now-able-digitize-thousands-artifacts-just-hours-180953867/At the American History Museum, a collection of rarely seen historic currency proofs are being made ready for a public debutWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:29:07 +0000A Tree Grows 40 Different Types of Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-tree-grows-40-different-types-of-fruit-180953868/What started as an art project has become a mission to reintroduce Americans to native fruits that have faded from popularityWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:42:50 +0000This Smart Battery Sends a Message to Your Phone When Your Smoke Detector Soundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-smart-battery-sends-a-message-to-your-phone-when-your-smoke-detector-sounds-180953871/It also alerts you weeks in advance of dying—sparing you from that annoying chirpMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:42:42 +0000How Curators Found a Ghostly Image Lurking Beneath Layers of Lacquerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-discovered-ghostly-image-lurking-beneath-layers-lacquer-180953815/Work in the conservation lab revealed there was more to this Ming Dynasty tray than meets the eyeMon, 12 Jan 2015 17:25:52 +0000Could GM Mosquitoes Pave the Way for a Tropical Virus to Spread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-gm-mosquitoes-pave-way-chikungunya-virus-panama-180953847/Modified insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootThu, 08 Jan 2015 22:33:46 +0000I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-among-lucky-few-walk-space-180953827/On July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that dayThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:35:57 +0000Space Exploration Would Be Nothing If We Didn't Know How to Spacewalkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/space-exploration-would-be-nothing-if-we-didnt-know-how-to-spacewalk-180953825/The Air and Space Museum brings the privileged experience to the public in an exhibit that chronicles 50 years of technologyThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:36 +0000The ATM is Dead. Long Live the ATM!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atm-dead-long-live-atm-180953838/Usage is on the decline – so why are banks looking to the machines to save them?Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:36:11 +0000The Tinman's Hat From "The Wiz" Offers Just a Hint of the Musical's Beating Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tinmans-hat-from-the-wiz-offers-hint-musicals-beating-heart-180953718/Forty years ago this week, when the all-black musical production opened on Broadway, critics scoffed, but audiences embraced itMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:46:35 +0000Will Electric Scooters Take Over the World’s Mega Cities? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-electric-scooters-take-over-worlds-mega-cities-180953795/A well-funded startup called Gogoro unveils its e-scooter and a plan to install ATM-like battery stations in urban areasMon, 05 Jan 2015 14:36:49 +0000