One of Google’s top executives is opening up his wallet to help groups that are using technology to ”solve world problems.” Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is putting up $1 million in grants to as-yet-unnamed recipients that are leveraging tech (specifically mobile phones) to aid in citizen empowerment and to counter the censorship of oppressive governmental regimes.
If it worked for Bruce Wayne, why not engineering professors? Researchers at Virginia Tech have taken fruit bat wing measurements to create a computer representation of wing motion and airflow that they hope to use for developing robotic vehicles that fly in a similar fashion.
The future is now! Or at least some of the future that was predicted in Back to the Future Part II. As you may recall, in the film Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) sports a pair of high-top sneakers with self-tying power laces. Now Nike has announced its own power laces, which will debut in 2015.
Generating power via piezoelectrical processes has always been limited by the size of the device and the frequency generated, but researchers at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) claim to have found a way to harvest enough power from low-frequency vibrations to power small electronics.