Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +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 +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 +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 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/were-terracotta-warriors-based-on-actual-people-180954321/To answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +0000