Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:53:37 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Eight-innovators-watch-2015-180953770/From food science and robotics to solar tech and sustainable architecture, these folks are poised to do big thingsWed, 31 Dec 2014 19:56:29 +0000Kevin Ashton Describes "the Internet of Things" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kevin-ashton-describes-the-internet-of-things-180953749/The innovator weighs in on what human life will be like a century from nowMon, 29 Dec 2014 17:59:32 +0000A Photovoltaic Balloon Could Bring Electricity to Disaster Zoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/photovoltaic-balloon-could-bring-electricity-to-disaster-zones-180953690/Moored to a base with batteries, the Zephyr collects enough solar energy to power 15 relief tents and a telecommunications networkFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:59 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-skin-could-help-prosthesis-wearers-feel-real-180953595/A new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-animal-products-scientists-can-now-grow-in-a-lab-180953544/In early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-kids-learn-where-there-are-no-teachers-it-may-take-village-computer-180953552/A non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/commuter-bus-runs-poop-180953541/A U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-football-stadium-covered-in-this-solar-cloth-could-power-a-small-town-180953524/Perry Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/game-changers-innovation-good-180953425/When you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/generating-power-one-step-at-a-time-180953436/The Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-a-smaller-lighter-airplane-tail-180953452/With engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-practical-uses-spooky-quantum-mechanics-180953494/Fifty years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000