You may want to avoid using any jargon when you are talking tech with Americans. Many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease, according to a recent study.
The self-driving car is coming to a showroom near you. It could take a coupe of years or even a couple of decades but few people at the Geneva Motor Show would disagree that one day science fiction will become fact.
The credit card industry is much bigger than just the credit card companies and the banks. There’s an entire ecosystem of payment processors, service providers, and would-be disruptors from Silicon Valley fighting over the space.
No matter how pretty your garden may be it only gets that way because of all of the hard work you put into it. But, in the future gardens might not need your help at all, reordering themselves at a robotic whim. (Video)
Tesla Model S at a charging station.
When Elon Musk was designing the Tesla Model S he wanted an electric motor that had the same horsepower as the most powerful internal combustion engine but with nearly-instantaneous torque. He also wanted it to be the size of a watermelon. Musk was told this couldn’t be done by engine manufacturers. So the Tesla CEO decided to build his own motor. The earlier versions of this had a hand-wound stator which increased winding density to help eliminate resistance and increase peak torque. Later versions of the stators were built by robots.
Mary Lou Jepsen
Mary Lou Jepsen, an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think. (Video)
Stretchable electronics make it possible to custom fit pacemakers for each patient.
Scientists have developed an interconnected web of sensors and electrodes that can monitor someone’s heart around the clock, as well as deliver tiny electrical impulses to ensure it keeps beating properly. This even applies to catastrophic events such as a heart attack, which the device can often reverse. Thanks to the use of 3D printing, each device can be custom fitted to an individual patient to ensure the best possible results.
The real opportunity is building pan-device business services.
The Internet of Things is exploding, but the big money will not come from Internet nor the Things. Instead, the big money will derive from business services that pull data from those IoT networks.
Tesla Motors, the electric car maker, hasn’t just blazed its own trail when it comes to designing and building a hot electric car. It’s also made breakthroughs in many aspects of the automotive business (the sales channel, the servicing, the over-the-air-software updates) and now it’s doing the same thing for the core part of the electric car: the battery.
The Dash in-ear headphones
Bragi LLC is currently developing the Dash smart headphones that leaps innovation evolution altogether. Everyone would like to have all of their favorite gadgets compiled into one sleek device that is placed in the ear without having to fiddle around with their smartphone or having those annoying cords hanging dangling while they go about life’s many chores. That may be it, but no one has been able to pull it off until now. (Video)