First photos of distant planet News & Analysis 11/14/2008 Post a comment The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used the Hubble Space Telescope to take the first visible-light picture of a plant orbiting a distant starFomalhautlocated 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis (Southern Fish).
Video: Khosla speaks on downturn, clean tech Design How-To 11/12/2008 Post a comment It's impossible to predict how the current economic crisis will unfold, but in the long run the fundamental value of new technology ideas remains sound, said veteran venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, outlining opportunities he sees in so-called clean technologies.
Good vibrations for energy harvesting Teardown 11/10/2008 3 comments The combination of high-power-density piezoelectric element design with a high-efficiency converter takes energy-harvesting out of the lab to address the problem of powering remote and embedded devices.
Shedding light on solar cell technology Teardown 11/10/2008 3 comments It's clear that solar energy harvesting is poised to go mainstream, but it's not clear which of the many diverse technologies vying for dominance in this emerging market will take precedence.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times