Technology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/technology/RSS feed for TechnologyenFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Historic Innovation of Land Mines—And Why We've Struggled to Get Rid of Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/A number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-imax-film-dream-big-roots-for-underdogs-engineering-world-180962263/Director Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000What Will the Autonomous Ship of the Future Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-autonomous-ship-future-look-180962236/Shipbuilding companies are experimenting with self-driving, remotely-operated and crewless vesselsTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:05 +0000Early Tech Adopters in Ancient Rome Had Portable Sundialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/early-tech-adopters-ancient-rome-had-portable-sundials-180962225/A little gadget could make you look smart, rich, and tech-savvy—all without necessarily fulfilling its real functionMon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Oven Could Change How We Cookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-oven-could-change-how-we-cook-180962195/By using radio frequency technology, it can prepare all the components of a dinner, at the same time, just rightFri, 17 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Robots Could Help Chronically Ill Kids Attend Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-chronically-ill-kids-attend-school-180962211/Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fullyFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-app-turn-more-readers-on-to-serialized-fiction-180962163/Releasing a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-drone-covered-sticky-goop-do-work-bees-180962157/Well, it may not replace bees. But it's a fun project nonethelessTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Turning Dragonflies Into Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-dragonflies-drones-180962097/The DragonflEye project equips the insects with solar-powered backpacks that control their flightFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:31:36 +0000These Four Black Women Inventors Reimagined the Technology of the Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-four-black-women-inventors-reimagined-technology-home-180962060/By designating the realm of technology as 'male,' we overlook key inventions that took place in the domestic sphereTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Australia Wants to Streamline Its Border Control Using Biometricshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/australia-wants-to-streamline-its-border-control-using-biometrics-180962052/The country envisions a system that would eliminate the need for paper passports or identity cards for a number of the 35 million who visit each yearMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:41:57 +0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystiquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-crash-of-flight-4590-destroyed-conco/The Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelersMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Can Eagle-Eyed Artificial Intelligence Help Prevent Children From Going Blind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eagle-eyed-ai-doctor-could-nip-cataracts-bud-180961993/Deep learning pinpoints cataracts more accurately than humans, and could help prevent this form of vision loss in childrenWed, 01 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Spit-Powered Biobattery Is Made From a Single Sheet of Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/spit-powered-biobattery-made-single-sheet-paper-180961973/Researchers at Binghamton University are developing inexpensive paper biobatteries to power simple sensors that monitor things like blood sugarMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:59:12 +0000Using Your Heartbeat as a Password http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-your-heartbeat-password-180961952/Researchers have developed a way of turning the unique rhythms of your heart into a form of identificationMon, 30 Jan 2017 14:43:36 +0000Can This Trash Can Turn Food Waste Into Garden Treasure?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-trash-can-turn-food-waste-garden-treasure-180961941/The Zera Food Recycler may not transform scraps into ready-to-use soil, but it could still help take a bite out of landfill-bound wasteFri, 27 Jan 2017 17:44:57 +0000This Handheld Ultrasound Scanner Could Be the Next Stethoscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-handheld-ultrasound-scanner-could-be-next-stethoscope-180961919/Clarius co-founder and CEO Laurent Pelissier believes the affordable, wireless device could revolutionize health careFri, 27 Jan 2017 15:27:38 +0000This Souped-Up Scuba Suit Made a Stratospheric Leap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/souped-scuba-suit-made-stratospheric-leap-180961921/The record-breaking Alan Eustace found just the right fit for his 25-mile free fall by marrying scuba technology with a space suitThu, 26 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000Earwax: Coming To a Home Air Filtration System Near You?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/earwax-coming-home-air-filtration-system-near-you-180961910/A clogged ear on a scuba trip led a Georgia Institute of Technology engineer to study the dust-filtering properties of the waxy substanceWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:34:19 +0000Scientists Can Turn This Gecko-Inspired Gripping Device On or Off With the Flick of a Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-turn-gecko-inspired-gripping-device-on-off-flick-light-180961895/The mighty lizard inspires yet another innovation that could prove a boon to robotics and manufacturingTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:27:13 +0000What If an App Could Tell You When You're Getting Sick?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-an-app-could-let-you-know-when-youre-getting-sick-180961847/A Stanford geneticist may be onto something. Body data collected by smartwatches and other sensors can tip us off to brewing colds or infectionsWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:16 +0000This Artificial Sixth Sense Helps Humans Orient Themselves in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-sixth-sense-helps-humans-orient-themselves-world-180961822/A London-based company is selling North Sense, a body-anchored device that vibrates when it faces magnetic northWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:58:11 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-mobile-technology-can-help-universities-combat-depression-180961795/Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000Seven Wild Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-wild-gadgets-unveiled-CES-2017-180961731/From a levitating speaker to vibrating jeans that help you navigate city streets, these innovations offer an interesting glimpse of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:00:47 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/happy-10th-birthday-iphone-so-whats-next-180961724/Based on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Lyft and Uber Want To Give Old Folks a Ridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lyft-uber-want-to-give-old-folks-ride-180961688/Older adults miss doctor's appointments and risk social isolation because they lack transportation. Ride-hailing services are taking notice.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-robots-take-jobs-remember-luddites-180961423/What a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job marketTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Holograms Will Probably Never Be as Cool as They Were in "Star Wars"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holograms-are-no-longer-future-180961597/But those that do exist must be preserved and archivedFri, 30 Dec 2016 13:57:21 +0000