Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000Six Architectural Ideas That Could Change the Way We Live in Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Six-architectural-ideas-could-change-way-we-live-cities-180955311/Whether in response to polluted air or shrinking space, architects keep coming up with novel approaches to reshaping urban lifeTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-buildings-future-be-cloaked-algae-180955396/Built by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living "skin" that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxideTue, 26 May 2015 15:24:24 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/make-new-memories-but-keep-the-old-with-little-help-from-electrodes-180955331/Matthew Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brainFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Packhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ill-fated-history-jetpack-180955294/The space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/has-finnish-company-found-cure-for-jet-lag-180955357/Valkee is releasing the Human Charger, a new gadget that beams light through a user's earsWed, 20 May 2015 15:40:13 +0000A Harvard Student's App Could Bring 911 Into the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/harvard-students-app-could-bring-911-into-the-future-180955339/With just one click, RapidSOS sends GPS and medical information to emergency dispatchersTue, 19 May 2015 16:31:41 +0000This Smartphone Microscope Uses Video to Spot Moving Parasites http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartphone-microscope-uses-video-spot-moving-parasites-180955315/A team of Berkeley bioengineers has created CellScope, a mobile phone attachment that can quickly test blood for tropical diseasesTue, 19 May 2015 13:38:30 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-real-life-hoverboard-whirs-life-180955316/At Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/made-college-seniors-these-seven-products-give-glimpse-into-future-180955280/Engineering students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one yearFri, 15 May 2015 18:24:22 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-this-plan-combat-climate-change-insane-insanely-genius-180955258/Harvard physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/imax-experience-udvar-hazy-center-took-quantum-leap-180955193/The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +000026 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/26-inventions-mothers-can-appreciate-180955181/From an apparatus to birth a child with centrifugal force to a board game to teach driver safety, these product ideas have parents in mindFri, 08 May 2015 14:05:14 +0000Will We Ever Be Able to Make Traffic Disappear?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-we-ever-be-able-to-make-traffic-disappear-180955164/City engineers make changes in the timing of signals to keep cars moving, but cell phone data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could ease the taskThu, 07 May 2015 13:22:59 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-shows-full-extent-devastation-wrought-uboats-world-war-i-180955191/On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000DNA Testing Could Identify Litterbugs and Dog Poop Miscreantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/DNA-testing-could-identify-litterbugs-dog-poop-miscreants-180955178/Anonymous crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000A Lock that Opens When You Say "Open Sesame" and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lock-that-opens-when-you-say-open-sesame-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180955156/A company is designing athletic apparel with colorful prints based on micrographs of chicken pox and muscle cellsFri, 01 May 2015 20:29:07 +0000Creating Plastic From Greenhouse Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/creating-plastic-from-greenhouse-gases-180954540/Newlight Technologies is turning carbon emissions into plastic for everyday itemsFri, 01 May 2015 18:24:23 +00006 Projects That Make a Sustainable Future Seem Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/6-projects-make-sustainable-future-seem-possible-180955145/From an algae-powered building to a playground of recycled steel drums, these spots give designers, urban planners and others hopeFri, 01 May 2015 16:22:04 +0000With Semios, Farmers Can Monitor Their Fields Remotely and Keep Pests Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/semios-farmers-can-monitor-their-fields-remotely-and-keep-pests-away-180955132/Paired with wireless sensors and cameras, aerosol pheromone pesticides have entered a new era of effectiveness and affordabilityThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:24:21 +0000What If City Streetlights Brightened and Signs Spoke As You Passed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-city-streetlights-brightened-and-signs-spoke-you-passed-180955107/A British designer has found a way to make urban areas work for all types of pedestriansMon, 27 Apr 2015 16:21:20 +0000A Kit to Build Your Own Mud Battery and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kit-mud-battery-wild-ideas-funded-180955095/Also, a campaign to build a Little Free Museum Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:34:43 +0000How to Predict a Famine Before It Even Strikeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/predict-famine-before-strikes-180954945/Hundred of miles about Earth, orbiting satellites are becoming a bold new weapon in the age-old fight against drought, disease and deathThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Protecting the World's Last Isolated Communities From Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/protecting-worlds-last-isolated-communities-from-above-180954958/Advances in satellite technology mean that untouched villages can remain that wayThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Hoverboard Fantasy Comes True, Just As "Back to the Future" Predictedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hoverboard-fantasy-comes-true-back-to-the-future-180954960/Hold onto your flux capacitors; the future is hereThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Stroke of Genius Could Allow You to Write With Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stroke-genius-could-allow-write-brain-180954961/Not Impossible Labs has developed a breakthrough approach to communicationThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The U.N. Uses Satellites to Track Humanitarian Crises Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/united-nations-uses-satellites-track-humanitarian-crisis-180954966/With help from George Clooney, the United nations embarks on a new frontier in monitoring the world from aboveThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +0000