Innovation | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/innovation/RSS feed for InnovationenTue, 21 Apr 2015 20:46:56 +0000This New Treadmill Automatically Adjusts to Your Speedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-treadmill-automatically-adjusts-to-your-speed-180955058/A prototype developed at Ohio State makes indoor workouts more like outdoor runs by using sonar to detect where you are on the belt and keep paceTue, 21 Apr 2015 20:46:56 +0000Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tactical-urbanists-are-improving-cities-one-rogue-fix-at-a-time-180955049/And city governments are paying attention, turning homemade infrastructure changes into permanent solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:35:11 +0000A LED Vest for Puppies and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/led-vest-puppies-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180955024/A new tool for runners moves beyond calories to measure the intensity of workouts Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:03 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-albert-einstein-genius-theory-relativity-loved-pipe-180954991/Einstein reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000Brain Implants May Be Able to Shock Damaged Memories Back Into Shapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-implants-may-be-able-to-shock-damaged-memories-back-into-shape-180954994/With funding from the Defense Department, scientists have begun work on devices that would use electric pulses to realign a memory process gone awryWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:25 +0000MIT Researchers Think They Can Spot Early Signs of Parkinson's in the Way People Typehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-researchers-think-they-can-spot-early-signs-parkinsons-way-people-type-180954939/By monitoring how long we hold down keystrokes, it may be possible to detect neurological diseases years before other symptoms appearWed, 15 Apr 2015 15:59:46 +0000The First Jogbra Was Made by Sewing Together Two Men's Athletic Supportershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-jogbra-made-sewing-together-two-mens-athletic-supporters-180954968/An archive collected from the sports company reveals that the bra gave a boost to women's athleticsMon, 13 Apr 2015 14:42:24 +0000A Winter Jacket Made From the Same Material as NASA Spacesuits and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/winter-jacket-same-material-nasa-wpacesuits-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954942/Plus, a high-tech update to the tried-and-true jump rope Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:45:05 +0000Getting a Push Notification on Your Cell Phone? It Could Be Warning You About an Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-push-notification-your-cell-phone-it-could-be-warning-you-about-earthquake-180954940/Sophisticated GPS sensors in the average mobile device could be harnessed for seismic early warning systems around the worldFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:24 +0000What is the Nine Millionth Patent?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-the-nine-millionth-patent-180954928/The landmark announcement is part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Patent ActFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:29:59 +0000Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/azar-nafisi-why-arts-humanities-critical-to-american-vision-180954933/The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and recipient of a Smithsonian award, discusses why in education art matters as much as science Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:38:48 +0000Building a Bionic Pancreashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bionic-pancreas-changes-relationship-diabetes-illness-180954862/A device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon could take some pressure off Type 1 diabetes patients and their parentsWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:43:45 +0000A Tricked-Out Toolbox, a Teeny-Weeny Coffee Brewer and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tricked-out-toolbox-teeny-weeny-coffee-brewer-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954870/There's also a pearl necklace that can store photo and audio filesFri, 03 Apr 2015 20:35:17 +0000An App Matches Students with College Scholarships They Can Usehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-matches-students-college-scholarships-they-can-use-180954741/More than $100 million in scholarships go unclaimed every year. Scholly is connecting students with these and other fundsFri, 03 Apr 2015 17:28:02 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-easter-inventions-that-never-quite-took-off-180954816/This holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000How to Travel by Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-travel-scent-180954807/We tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:27:21 +0000Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmers-can-shell-coffee-fraction-time-with-this-bike-powered-machine-180954806/A team at an MIT International Development Design Summit is making coffee production a little easier for small-scale farmers in TanzaniaTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:35 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-to-listen-to-and-watch-for-when-enjoying-jazz-180954723/For Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nick-caves-towering-pink-easter-bunny-theres-more-to-it-than-kitsch-180954774/Evoking springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000The War on Potholes Has a New Weaponhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/war-potholes-has-new-weapon-180954796/Researchers at Northeastern University have outfitted a van with sensors, microphones and cameras that can spot the early stages of potholesMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:46:41 +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 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Will 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 +0000