Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:07:21 +0000This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-bionic-suit-may-be-future-of-prosthetics-180956447/Inventor Scott Summit is personalizing medical devices through 3D printingMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:07:21 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/laser-technology-making-tattoo-removal-easier-ever-180956443/Thanks to recent advances, the tattoo removal business has quadrupled in the last decadeFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000Thirty Years Ago, an Artificial Heart Helped Save a Grocery Store Managerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirty-years-ago-artificial-heart-helped-save-grocery-store-manager-180956388/The Smithsonian, home to the Jarvik 7 and a host of modern chest-pumping technologies, has a lot of (artificial) heartWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:53 +0000Coming Soon: Helmets Made From Carrotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coming-soon-helmets-made-from-carrots-180956322/A Scottish company has created a biodegradable material from carrot pulp that could be used in protective sports gearMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:24:10 +0000England Is Going to Test Roads That Actually Charge Electric Carshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/england-going-to-test-roads-that-actually-charge-electric-cars-180956336/Highways of the future may have special lanes that recharge the batteries of electric cars as they goThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:20:44 +0000Law and Order: Social Media Unithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/law-and-order-social-media-unit-180956278/The San Francisco Police Department may have an "Instagram officer," but other forces are trolling social media for criminal activity tooWed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-mapping-tool-shows-city-planners-where-to-plant-trees-180956272/Researchers at Portland State University have created an app that looks at tree density in respect to neighborhood, population and pollutionTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:24 +0000Are Robot Umpires Coming to Baseball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-robot-umpires-coming-baseball-180956190/Now that a computer has covered home plate at a minor league game, what's next?Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:16:59 +0000Wasting Food? It'll Cost Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wasting-food-itll-cost-you-180956224/In a neighborhood in Seoul, the Korea Environment Corp. is doling out fines to people dumping more than their allotted food scrapsTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:44:29 +0000Thin Sensors on Our Skin or in Our Clothes May Warn Us of Environmental Hazardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/thin-sensors-on-our-skin-in-our-clothes-may-warn-us-environmental-hazards-180956127/Australian researchers are developing flexible sensors that track dangers that humans cannot detect with their own sensesTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Might Actually Want a Layover at These Seven Airportshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-might-actually-want-layover-these-seven-airports-180956191/From nap pods to real-time flight tracking, these airports have features that will surely please passengersMon, 10 Aug 2015 19:47:57 +0000When a Trip to the Zoo Resulted in an Engineering Breakthroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-trip-to-zoo-resulted-in-engineering-breakthrough-180956204/Megan Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:20:00 +0000This Mock "City" Is a Testing Ground For Driverless Cars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mock-city-is-testing-ground-driverless-cars-180956129/The University of Michigan's Mcity is a 32-acre challenge course for connected and automated vehiclesFri, 07 Aug 2015 13:20:02 +0000IBM's Tone Analyzer Could Save You From Sending That Awkward Email http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-tone-analyzer-will-save-you-sending-awkward-email-180956102/The new service, part of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system, scans emails for emotions like cheerfulness or negativityThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:46:59 +0000What Is a Personal Food Computer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-a-personal-food-computer-180956085/A farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in citiesMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Could a Wind Turbine Be Coming to a Bridge Near You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-wind-turbine-be-coming-bridge-near-you-180955854/Engineers find, in a simulation, that two wind turbines mounted under a bridge in the Canary Islands could power hundreds of homesFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000This "Lucky" Fish Could Save Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lucky-fish-could-save-lives-180955818/A fish-shaped iron ingot is reducing the number of cases of iron deficiency anemia in Cambodia and beyondThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Moleculehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-find-natural-way-to-clean-up-oil-spills-with-plant-based-molecule-180955815/Researchers at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/legos-go-sustainable-everything-really-is-awesome-180955874/To reduce its carbon footprint, the toy company is searching for a sustainable material for its bricks by 2030 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:16 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-deal-googles-sidewalk-labs-180955847/The tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Off the Coast of Italy, Two Divers Are Building Underwater Greenhouseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/off-coast-italy-two-divers-are-building-underwater-greenhouses-180955883/The biospheres could provide an alternate means of farming in regions with unstable growing conditionsThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:16 +0000Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World's Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventor-alexis-lewis-wants-kids-to-invent-solutions-to-worlds-problems-180955933/With a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15-year-old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:04 +0000You Can Now 3D Print With Liquefied Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-with-liquefied-wood-180955775/A chemist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is making sustainable 3d printing a realityThu, 16 Jul 2015 10:36:07 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/To better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000These Glasses Could Help the Blind See http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-glasses-could-help-blind-see-180955797/Developed by Oxford scientists, SmartSpecs capture real time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind usersMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:37:50 +0000This New Nanogenerator Could Make Cars Much More Efficient http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-nanogenerator-could-make-cars-much-more-efficient-180955777/Electrodes placed on a car's tires can harness the energy generated when rubber meets road Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:15:50 +0000Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tracing-history-american-invention-from-telegraph-to-apple-I-180955838/More than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, grace the entryway to the American History Museum's new innovation wing Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:40:49 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-new-york-citys-subway-symphony-180955725/Musician James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000