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According to some futurists, we may be on the cusp of a “post-smartphone era” in which personal computing enters the next logical stage in its evolution: wearable drones.
This week BTR went to check out the Wired Interactive Window--a place where visitors can use a touchscreen display and build their perfect wish lists for the holidays.
Move over diamonds--DNA is the new forever. A new line of hyper-personalized jewelry lets you wear your lover’s fossilized genetic code like a mosquito caught in amber.
Spotlight on Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Learning how LeanPath Inc. creates a technological system that addresses the food waste crisis in America.
A new invention lets you watch tomorrow’s weather forecast play out inside of a magical glass case.
Part 2 with Andrew Shakman, the CEO of LeanPath, Inc., on personal ways to prevent food waste.
Do you ever get tired of interacting with other people? Thankfully, the modern world is full of ways to avoid coming into contact with others in the flesh, and here, Chelsea White has the top five gadgets to help you do just that!
BTR talks with a leading nano-scientist about turning a long-awaited dream into reality.
A new bikini helps you clean the oceans as you swim.
Sherry Turkle, founder of MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, sets out to encourage greater reflection on technology’s ability to shape our human identity.
The small city of Trikala, Greece, recently entered into the second phase of its trial with eco-friendly driverless buses. Developers hope to observe how the technology will respond to the presence of cars, cyclists, and stray animals.
Google recently patented a new design for a solar-powered, communication-enabled contact lens. Google has been careful to report to the press that this does not necessarily mean that the technology will develop into a consumer product.
Matthias Ruth is speaking us about a new study partly-sponsored by NASA that highlights the unsustainable human-nature dynamics that lead to a civilization's collapse.
Synergy Week - The Quantified Self movement believes that to know the numbers behind behavior is to allow for healthier decisions on physical and mental wellbeing. These quantifiers are utilizing self-tracking technology to measure all the different facets of life.
We look into the potential benefits of electronic health services for chronic diseases and the future of healthcare.
Engineers at Texas A&M have prototyped a wearable motion-sensor device that translates American Sign Language into English.
Snow leopards remain one of the least-researched big cats on the planet, but with the aid of key technologies, researchers come closer than ever to understanding these elusive animals.
Listen to part 2 of our interview with Vanessa Mason, founder of Riveted Partners, on the need for more diversity in digital health development.
Listen to part 2 of our interview with Zi Jing Wong in creating a scalable invisibility cloak for potential military use.
Doctors save babies with first-ever 4D-printed biodegradable implants. Three infant boys who suffered from a life-threatening respiratory condition called tracheobronchomalacia are alive today.
Listen to Zi Jing Wong speak about the breakthrough research at UC Berkeley in creating a scalable invisibility cloak.
Bond Week - Companion makes sure users never walk home alone, but there are some bugs in the app. BTR reviews the features.
New findings suggest selfies are more deadly than sharks and pose a serious issue to travelers. As explained by Mashable, four of this year's selfie-related deaths were the result of falling, while others were caused by photo-takers being hit by a train.
When the iPhone 6+ came out, I cursed the heavens for allowing such a big phone for my tiny hands. Not only has Apple risen as the aesthetic authority of the tech world, but their products also have more reliable operating systems and don’t break down after several months like their competitors.
Mobile Week – As of last year, 90 percent of American adults were cell phone owners, according to Pew Research Center. Here is how we at BTR perceive this omnipresent technology.
Pop Week - Some have speculated that the influx of investors and their immense capital against the limited number of viable tech companies has created an incredibly large bubble that’s bound to burst and leave many devastated.
Makers at the faire explain their showcases of different technology, from funky piano synthesizers to different fun gadgets to toy with using technology.
We speak with a host of scientists, engineers, and innovators on cutting edge technology at the Maker Faire in Flushing, Queens.
We speak with a host of scientists, engineers, and innovators on cutting edge technology at the Maker Faire in Flushing, Queens.
We speak with representative of Google's drone-delivery system and learn a bit more on the advancing technology of laser cutting machines.
We speak with the president of an Italian digital company creating some of the fastest 3D printers and also developing a 3D printer for smart phones.
Listen in to part 2 of our interview on the uses of neurological research to create wearable technology that relieves stress.
We speak with representatives of Thync, the first wearable technology to influence how you feel.
Nintendo and indie developer Yacht Club Games announced they would be releasing an amiibo toy model of Yacht Club's popular Shovel Knight character. Physical merchandise for an independent video game on store shelves is an unprecedented move, especially considering Nintendo's past relationship with indies.
Stress Week - A strange new technology three years in the making called Thync can purportedly alter a user’s mood. Vibe Squad representative Audrey Orozco came to the BTR offices where Third Eye Weekly hosts Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz tested out the technology.
We speak with Lee Rainie, the director of internet, science and technology research at Pew Research Center.
For BTR’s Open Week, Sew & Tell goes meta! I had the great opportunity to speak with Rob Sanchez and Pavan Bahl, two-thirds of the dynamic host trio behind Fashion Is Your Business, a great new podcast focused on the intersection of fashion, business and tech. In addition to hosting the weekly show, both men are entrepreneurs in the fashion field themselves: Rob just launched his own innovative menswear label, Ralph & Remington, while Pavan is the founder of a unique community and fashion/tech incubator called Open Source Fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Rob and Pavan about their own individual projects, the development of Fashion Is Your Business, how the radio format can serve as a unique platform for fashion, a few of their own favorite fashion pieces, upcoming events and developments for Open Source Fashion and Ralph & Remington, and more! And in the mix I’ve got a great playlist of indie tracks for you, featuring new work from electro-pop artists like Painted Palms, Brika, and The Mynabirds. So open yourself up to the business of fashion, with Fashion Is Your Business on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
Labor Week - While the wage discrepancy between men and women in the United States today has garnered a great deal of recent media attention, difference in salaries is only one component of a much larger and complex issue. Could the US see a more gender-balanced workforce in the near future?
Sony Pictures Animation has outbid Warner Bros. and Paramount and will be working to create a movie about emoji. The movie announcement came at a time when box office numbers seem to favor quirky, animated stories.
Sarah Leonard joins us to discuss the debt crisis in Greece, why austerity doesn’t work but won’t die, and how Greeks are showing solidarity with one another. Also, listener mail.
Emily Schorr Lesnick joins us to discuss diversity in comedy, talking about racism as a white person, and teaching anti-racism to youth. Also, protests in Ferguson on the year anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown, and listener mail.
This week on Art Uncovered I talk with artist Sarah Rothberg. Her virtual reality installation Memory/Place: My House is part of the exhibition Memory Burn, on view now at Bitforms Gallery in New York.
Excess Week - A revolutionary new immersive experience is currently in the works that could forever alter the ways in which we interact with our entertainment. BTR takes a sneak peek inside the world’s very first immersive virtual reality theme park.
Buzz Week - Ever reached into your pocket to answer a text, only to find you have no new notifications? If you aren’t obsessed with your devices or regularly use a smartphone, you likely know someone that has felt these phantom vibrations.
Buzz Week - UCF’s mental health facility provides a therapeutic app to provide stressed students with pocket-sized means of meditation. The app, called Therapist Assisted Online (TAO), is programmed to deliver low intensity-high engagement therapy.
The video game industry has seen a recent spat of broken or unfinished games being released to huge backlash. The most commonly cited reason is the break-neck speed of the development and publishing cycle.
DJ Wynn matches the summer heat with steamy numbers from Gypsophilia, Fantastic Tchico, Helado Negro, and Sekou Kouyate.
Reality Week - On June 17, software engineers Alexander Mordvintsev and Mike Tyka, with software engineering intern Christopher Olah, sent shockwaves across the internet when they released the first images of the AI’s psychedelic dreams. The name of their project? “Inceptionism.”
Audio-visual mobile creation app, Generate, gives multimedia artists a platform to mix their original beats with images of their choice, making abstract beauties look easy.
Fan Week - This year’s E3 conference showed off technology the likes of which we’ve never seen. BTR gives a run down of the talks and offers insight on what the results of the conference mean for the future of gaming.
Rain Week - For the vast majority, storm chasing is simply a hobby, undertaken by those who are fascinated with these acts of nature, and who wish to observe and photograph the events out of curiosity. Technology offers researchers a greater scientific understanding of severe storms.
A new iOS app called PooTime aims to help users track their bathroom time and keep them entertained in the process. BTR reviews this novel app which tries to enhance the toilet experience.
Throwback Week - Intrinsically, maps can’t ever be 100 percent objective. Modern day cartographers discuss the subjectivity of maps and how history and technology affect the mapping practice.
Today's break down: We hear from women CEOs on starting their own tech and media companies despite obstacles.
Vacation Week - We long to get away from our confining routines. Instead of sulking about feeling trapped, we should instead try to find ways to take mini-vacations in the places we live.
Vacation Week - Video games have always been a great way to escape the stresses of daily life and become someone (or something) else. Today, games are so immersive that they can provide an escape as a vacation.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are checking out all things digital and tech at The Internet Week Festival.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at New York's next healthcare revolution with technology, digitization and affordability.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at New York's next healthcare revolution with technology, digitization and affordability.
Hazards Week - Shared cabbie systems like Uber and Lyft have burgeoned in recent years, filling assorted holes in the medallion cab market. However, even those services have their downfalls, such as congesting city streets. How robo-cabs could be the beginning of a transportation revolution.
Hazards Week - Can you take an excursion to the moon instead of a foreign country? Private companies are currently troubleshooting these hazards of space travel.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We take a look at the FOMO phenomenon from people on the streets as well as experts in the fields of psychology and technology.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We take a look at the FOMO phenomenon from people on the streets as well as experts in the fields of psychology and technology.
Tune in as we break down what FOMO really is about and talk with experts on its psychological implications.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We take a look at the FOMO phenomenon from people on the streets as well as experts in the fields of psychology and technology.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We take a look at the FOMO phenomenon from people on the streets as well as experts in the fields of psychology and technology.
This week on the Daily Beat we take a look at the FOMO phenomenon from people on the streets as well as experts in the fields of psychology and technology.
Is the new watch a milestone in technology, or will time only tell the fate of Apple’s wrist wear? BTR evaluates the new device in terms of tech, practicality, and fashion.
Nerd Week - Entomology professor Bradley S. Vinson and mechanical engineering professor Hong Liang created a project aimed at augmenting roaches with technology that allows them to be remote-controlled. The aim is to maneuver the roaches into hard-to-reach areas.
Nerd Week - In much the same way gadgets are changing our day-to-day lives, new nerd-generated devices are changing the way we see the world. Here's how Periscope, cinematic virtual reality, and other technologies have irrevocably shaped travel.
Nerd Week - Singularity University is a cutting edge school and think-tank solving the world’s biggest problems. BTR talks with the school’s Aaron Frank about their ongoing endeavors.
Climate Week – BTR asks Ken Johnson from the Solar Industry Association of America if solar energy can win the battle with fossil fuels. He talks about ongoing tax breaks for fossil fuels and developments in solar technology.
Climate Week - One of the latest alternative fuel concepts to shake up the auto industry is the flow cell, introduced by the Liechtenstein-based company nanoFlowcell AG. BTR reached out to Dr. Stephen Granade, the current Principal Research Analyst at Dynetics Inc., to hear his insight--and skepticism--on the technology.
A new pet monitoring system called Petcube allows you to stream a video of your furry friend right to your phone. It can also share videos of your pet with other loved ones.
Monitoring Week - Ever notice how after focusing on a glaring computer monitor for hours on end there is a sensation of restlessness that kicks in, making it difficult to fall asleep? A new software attempts to relieve the eye damage and sleep strain caused by computer monitors.
When it comes to digital photo sharing, Instagram is the most popular app. With 300 million monthly users worldwide as of December 2014, it would seem Instagram has situated itself as the only photo-sharing app worth using. In addition, Instagram's new Layout offshoot provides strong competition to already established photo collage apps.
Virtual reality technology has gained popularity because of the impending release of the VR headset from Oculus, called the Rift. In 2014, Marriott Hotels launched the Teleporter, which transports users to Hawaii and London using similar tech. So, will virtual tourism replace traveling entirely?
A compilation of visuals, sounds, costumes, and instruments showcasing the artist’s multifaceted career.
Unprepared Week - Pew Researcher Lee Rainie discusses our digital footprints and what they reveal.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at 3D printing and all the technological advances from biomedical engineering to printing in your home.
Entrepreneurs from New Orleans released an app for users to find public or private restrooms.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at 3D printing and all the technological advances from biomedical engineering to printing in your home.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at 3D printing and all the technological advances from biomedical engineering to printing in your home.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at 3D printing and all the technological advances from biomedical engineering to printing in your home.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at 3D printing and all the technological advances from biomedical engineering to printing in your home.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
Hacking Week – Public officials and Silicon Valley battle over customers’ encryption rights.
This week get prepared for disaster with John Beck, author of Geek Prepper!
Hacking Week - Experts warn that we may be underestimating the threat that artificial intelligence poses humanity.
Hacking Week - Are smart devices eavesdropping on the conversations you have at home?
Outlier Week - We talk with the first ever official human cyborg about what it’s like to hear colors.
BTR staffers weigh in on ‘Trivia Crack’ and whether it’s 2015’s follow-up to ‘Candy Crush’.
Artist Fernando Orellana may have invented a device to help ghosts reconnect with the world of the living. In a new project called Shadows Fernando is designing interactive devices for the ghosts of the recently deceased. He calls them "techno effigies." To make these devices, Fernando visits estate sales and picks a single item that he feels may have been important to the person recently passed. Then he constructs the device to help the ghost use the object. For example, one device called Her Bell is equipped with a simple mechanism that rings the brass bell Fernando found at the home of a deceased bell collector. To detect the presence of ghosts, Fernando's devices continuously monitors the immediate environment for changes in temperature, infrared light, and electromagnetic waves --- factors believed by paranormal researchers to indicate the presence of a spirit. If a a ghost is detected, the device is triggered.
A look at the most groundbreaking products introduced in 2015.
Jenny Vogel is a new media artist working in video, photography, printmaking, performance and installation. She's interested in the world as seen through communication technology --- web cameras, morse code, fax machines --- and the way we use these tools to overcome distance, alienation and loneliness. Her work exposes the glitches and limitations of technology and reveals the strange miscommunications it can produce. Jenny is especially interested in the video feeds from web cameras that are placed in city centers and homes around the world. These cameras broadcast ghostly pictures of places that seem to be devoid of human activity, and Jenny uses images from these broadcasts to construct her own narratives in her videos and prints.
College Week – Dispelling myths and understanding changes in how humans actually learn.
Millennials Week - Will the first all-online horror movie 'Unfriended' reinvent the genre, or bring more of the same?
Millennials Week - A new app alerts you when you’ve wasted too much time each day staring at your phone.
Inspired Week - A new app enables people to remember their dreams and input them in a global database.
Fitness Week - BTR rounded up the 10 best apps for those looking to take their fitness regime digital.