May 1, 2013 |
Flies' multifaceted eyes have long allowed them to elude frustrated swatters from all directions. Now, inspired by insects' vision, researchers have built a digital camera with an array of tiny lenses lining a bulging eyeball, allowing an undistorted, nearly 180-degree view. The new camera, described in the journal Nature, could one day guide miniature spy planes, search-and-rescue vehicles and even endoscopic procedures. All vertebrate animals (including humans) possess single-lens, rather flat eyes that are great at picking up light and offering high spatial resolution.
March 26, 2013 |
USC's Viterbi School of Engineering is launching an early-stage technology accelerator to help student and alumni entrepreneurs start their fledgling technology companies in the Los Angeles area. The newly created Viterbi Startup Garage is designed to foster an environment where start-ups could flourish in Southern California with financial resources and business expertise provided by the school and its partners, United Talent Agency and the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
February 6, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce two new citywide tech initiatives during a Google+ Hangout news conference Wednesday afternoon. During the video chat -- the mayor's first-ever news conference using Google+ Hangout -- Villaraigosa is expected to announce the first major redesign of the City of Los Angeles' website . The mayor's office also says it will "unveil an exciting new tech addition for Angelenos to enjoy. " The new website features social media connectivity, online 311 services and a directory of city services.
January 21, 2013 |
Who was that man wearing super high-tech, $1,500 smart glasses on the New York City subway? According to a tweet by a guy who got a picture of the mystery glasses-wearer, it was none other than Google co-founder Sergey Brin, wearing a prototype of one of the most highly anticipated new tech products -- Google Glass. Noah Zerkin, who took the picture and tweeted it, describes himself as a wearable computing enthusiast and "prototyper" on his Twitter profile. He said he just happened to run into the most famous piece of wearable technology Sunday and the man behind it. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Zerkin tweeted a picture of his encounter with Brin, saying "Yeeeah ... I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world.
January 1, 2013 |
2012? That is so last year! As we ring in the dawn of 2013, let's raise a virtual glass to all the tech that is yet to come in the new year. We're hoping for waterproof gadgets, bendable cellphones, a closer look at Google's mysterious Nexus Q and, God willing, a new way to watch television that involves just one remote. Here's our list of the technology we can't wait to obsess over, write about and try out in 2013. 1. iEverything: We already know Apple will come out with new versions of all of its mobile devices, as it always does, but that doesn't make the announcements any less exciting.
December 25, 2012 |
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Jake Devincenzi was thrilled to get his hands on Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone. He admired its sleek black case and large touch screen - and he couldn't wait to tear it apart. In a small room cluttered with discarded computer parts, Devincenzi picked up a blue plastic stylus and eased the tool into a seam on the side of the phone as three co-workers watched. Minutes later, a pop. The tear-down had begun. "We're in," he said, and grinned. Each time Devincenzi plucked a part from the Nexus 4, he took a high-resolution photo and posted it online.