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Robots and Windmills

Ryan Tronier  |  posted Apr 17th - 9:49am
Jay McFarland's three top stories for the week will leave your head spinning like a windmill stuffed into a flight simulator. A videogame that may save brick-and-mortar arcades with its awesomeness. A little robot that is part Rhoomba, part printer. Windmills are widely used to generate power, and engineers are hoping to use wind technology to charge phones.
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This Week's Three Big Innovations

posted Apr 15th - 10:48am
Innovation is one of the hallmarks of technology, and Amy Iverson has found three new ways to do common things.
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Before-and-After Photos of the Washington State Mudslides

The Browsers  |  posted Apr 3rd - 11:13am
Every day the internet churns out thousands of stories and headlines. Keeping up with all that news is a daunting task. Good thing you have Amy Iverson to walk you through the day's most interesting technology stories.
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Smart Sprinklers, Bike Escalators, and a Movie Elevator

Ryan Tronier  |  posted Mar 27th - 12:25pm
We're finding new ways to make every day tasks a bit more exciting. A new smart-sprinkling system promises to remember the watering for you, a hill that takes you for a ride, and a theater inside an elevator.
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What the Drone Saw

The Browsers  |  posted Mar 25th - 9:01am
Drone technology allows researchers to go new places. A YouTuber attached his GoPro to a drone and flew into one of the hottest places on the planet: a volcano.
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Train Your Dog to Clean

Ryan Tronier  |  posted Mar 20th - 1:14pm
Would you like to train your dog to clean? How about a hardwood floor that converts to a swimming pool, and then a robot fish to put in that pool? Jay McFarland has searched high and low on the internet to bring you amazing ideas and inventions.
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The Browsers' 21st Century Kids

The Browsers  |  posted Mar 19th - 10:05am
Wondering how to use parental controls on all of the smartphones, tablets, and laptops out there? Jay and Amy have all the answers!
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Wearable Tech Gets a bit More Wearable

The Browsers  |  posted Mar 18th - 10:27am
Industry experts predict 'wearable tech' to change the way users interact with their smart devices, but consumers are frustrated by the geeky look of the apparel. KSL's Amy Iverson found a Kickstarter that wants to design fashionable and functional wearable tech.
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This Origami Microscope May Change Healthcare

Ryan Tronier  |  posted Mar 13th - 10:26am
It's a challenge to get reliable medical equipment to healthcare workers in developing nations. This compact, foldable microscope costs under a dollar and can be shipped in an envelope.
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A Virtual Trip to Space

The Browsers  |  posted Mar 13th - 8:24am
Few of us will have the opportunity to visit outer space, but a new Kickstarter project promises to give travelers an unforgettable virtual ride.
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Engineers at the University of Southampton created a supercomputer, using Lego and tiny, credit card sized hobby computers. The supercomputer is named ‘Iris Pi' and consists of 64 Raspberry Pi computational devices. Intended as affordable devices for young people, the small Raspberry Pi plugs into televisions and works much like an actual PC, performing many tasks like word-processing and games.The engineering team programed the 64 curio computers with an open source operating system called Debian Wheezy, and linked them using ethernet cabling. 6-year-old Simon Cox, son of the lead engineer Professor Cox, designed the entire racking system using his Legos. The end result: a supercomputer with 1TB of memory, costing around $4000. Which, compared to the $215-million supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is surprisingly affordable.

Professor Cox said, "the team want to see this low-cost system as a starting point to inspire and enable students to apply high-performance computing and data handling to tackle complex engineering and scientific challenges."

Want to build your own Raspberry Pi-based supercomputer? The Southampton engineers have published instructions:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~sjc/raspberrypi/

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