Posts in category "Technology"

Thank Andrew J. Viterbi for your cell phone and other digital devices

Have you ever wondered how, with billions of cell phone transmissions floating around in the air, why you only hear the call that came for you? Why you aren’t constantly interrupted with pieces and bits of other people’s conversations made on separate calls? After all, many of them are being made on the same “cell”... Read more »

Thank these guys for your smart phone

And your iPods, laptops and a ton of other digital gadgets that you seemingly can’t do without. These four guys are instrumental in the development of the┬áLithium-ion battery, the widely used power source for those and many other devices. The four are John Goodenough, Yoshio Nishi, Rachid Yazami and Akira Yoshino. You might not give... Read more »

Apple's computer power adapters suck

  Why can’t a company as technologically superior as Apple make a power cord that doesn’t fray, bend and break? The power cord’s connection to the port is probably the lowest tech thing you can find on any Apple product. Yet, that’s the first thing that fails. I guess engineers would call it a “stress... Read more »

Thoughts alone can operate a machine

This is astonishing. This man is controlling the miniature helicopter purely with his mind! ┬áThis is great news for the physically impaired. Here is how the researchers describe the invention: In a jaw-dropping feat of engineering, electronics turn a person’s thoughts into commands for a robot. Using a brain-computer interface technology pioneered by University of... Read more »

My "Goodreads" review of "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Here’s the genius that you wouldn’t want to work for, although if it made you as rich as Croesus you might want to think about it. Some did put up with his fits of anger, rants and demands for perfection, but still you have... Read more »

Thank these engineers for the Liquid Crystal Display

The LCD, as it is popularly called, is used in billions of consumer and professional devices. They range from TV sets and computer monitors to calculators and telephones. The LCD gave new meaning to the word ubiquitous. So, who do we thank? The National Academy of Engineering knows. It presented its 2012 Draper Prize, the... Read more »
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