CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 |
In the seismic annals of California, Monday's magnitude 4.7 earthquake was little more than a footnote. It gave Southern California a small morning jolt but caused no damage and was largely shrugged off by noon. But in one important way, the quake was highly significant because it marked an advance in California's burgeoning earthquake early warning system. The quake struck in the desert town of Anza, about 35 miles south of Palm Springs, and hundreds of sensors embedded in the ground immediately sent an alert to seismologists at Caltech in Pasadena.
March 13, 2013 |
The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now underway, is expected to be completed by early next year. Chief among the concerns are cracks that have plagued the towers for many years. Sensors have been placed around the site to measure variables such as wind and sun exposure. Experts are also measuring the effects that earthquakes have had on the sculptures. The study is being carried out by engineers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
March 10, 2013
Re "FasTrak computer may not be so swift," Column, March 5 Modern digital systems and their associated sensors can be troublesome occasionally. The automated toll collector FasTrak is such a system. I have been a FasTrak user since it was initiated on the 91 Express Lane between Orange and Riverside counties. After I bought a new car, I started getting violation notices. I called the Orange County Transportation Authority to resolve the problem, which turned out to be the result of an old transponder, the sensors on my car and the placement of the transponder in my car. The violations were removed from my record, I paid no fines and I've sorted out the transponder placement.
February 27, 2013 |
Leap Motion has announced it will begin shipping and selling its computer motion sensor control this May. The company made waves last year when it introduced the control, which shares the company's name, with a series of YouTube videos showing users controlling their machines much like the way video game players use the Xbox Kinect motion sensor. Despite originally setting and missing a January deadline, the Leap Motion will start shipping to users on May 13. It will also go on sale at Best Buy stores a few days later on May 19. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The company said users interested in buying the device, can pre-order it from Leap Motion or BestBuy.com now for $79.99 plus shipping and taxes . The company also said that users who pre-ordered their device before Wednesday will receive the Leap Motion for the $69.99 price they were promised.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2013 |
When a major earthquake strikes, seconds count. In the devastating 2011 Japan earthquake, a sensor embedded in the ground detected the first signs of movement and immediately sent out an alert at the speed of light. Within seconds, text messages warning of impending shaking went out to roughly 50 million people. Many people in Tokyo, 200 miles away from the epicenter, knew the quake was coming before they felt the shaking about 30 seconds later. Trains were able to slow down or stop, and not a single car derailed.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- One ounce: the difference between you and Tiger Woods? Could be, according to Mobiplex Inc., a Silicon Valley company showcasing at the Pepcom-sponsored Digital Experience event Monday night during the CES convention in Las Vegas. The business' SwingTip device is small - weighing about one ounce and roughly the size of a USB flash drive - and slides into a lightweight holster that clamps onto any golf club. But for its Santa Clara maker, the selling point is the gadget's ability to track and analyze users' golf swings using motion sensors.