Smart glasses have grabbed a lot of headlines since Google unveiled its Google Glass project for wearable computing glasses. SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has unveiled their own augmented reality applications with a set of glasses that trigger information by observing the eye gaze of the user. These glasses offer more details on things that the user looks at.
This is to let you know about an event I’m co-organizing with Google, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Venture Café, and the Kendall Square Association, amongst others. This is a fun social event for entrepreneurs and innovators to talk about what is on the agenda for tech on the state, local and national level. As Congress and the President, State Legislatures and Governors, Mayors and City Councils gather to discuss their agenda for 2013, it’s time for those of us who care about the tech economy and the tech sector to gather to talk about our policy agenda for 2013. This includes topics such as patent reform to defeat trolls, and visa reform to allow more of the world’s entrepreneurs to build their businesses in the US.
Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom Partner on Development Platform for Internet of Everything Applications
BARCELONA – February 25, 2013 – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Deutsche Telekom today announced that an Internet of Everything (IoE) development platform, based on Qualcomm Technologies’ GobiTM QSC6270-Turbo chipset, will be made available by Deutsche Telekom to application developers in Europe and worldwide. With support for Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.2 available, this IoE development platform is intended to target developers looking to create the next generation of machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoE applications.
As stuff like Google Glass becomes mainstream, we’re going to see a lot more wearable computing devices around. But one thing that isn’t clear is how we’ll control them. One idea is to use gesture control, which would enable users to communicate with wearable computers without having to use a whole separate smartphone or other device to do so.
An explosion of innovation has been transforming how we think about learning, and how we organize talent and resources to support learning experiences. School as we once knew it has become ‘unbundled.’ While Ohio has been debating charter schools, vouchers, and e-schools for years, emerging digital and blended learning models have created additional opportunities and new paradigms for thinking about student choice, and with them some demands for navigating this new learning ecosystem.
The city of Boston motivated a young Anne Gatling Haynes to become an architect. The Lexington native remembers riding into the city for nursery school in her parents’ car while the Back Bay skyline came into stunning focus.
Christian Gheorghe grew up in authoritarian Romania and escaped by swimming across the Danube. That was just the start of an impressive career building enterprise analytics companies
Four scientists and representatives of research institutions have confirmed they have already been involved in planning the Brain Activity Map project, though the US government would not comment on the speculation. However, it’s expected to be managed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, insiders claim, with involvement from DARPA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institues of Health.
Higher education in the U.S. is a hot mess. For decades, funding for public universities and colleges has been in steady decline, which, as spending continued, led to rising institutional debt and eventually reductions in faculty, courses, programs — you name it. To make up the difference, institutions have been jacking up tuition rates to the point that the cost of a college degree is now virtually unaffordable. Not surprisingly, national student debt circles $1 trillion like a buzzard, as college graduation and enrollment rates continue to drop. Some have called it a “crisis,” and that would probably be understating it.
The Obama administration plans to include a new project in its upcoming budget that would work to map the human brain in a similar way to the Human Genome Project's mapping of genomes, the New York Times reported. According to the report, the project is currently named The Brain Activity Map and will be a partnership between federal agencies, foundations, neuroscientists, and nanoscientists. It is expected to come with a hefty price tag, though it is not immediately clear how much of that funding will be federal and how much will be private.