Author archives: Diana Coker

Even before American skies are open to drones flown by commercial operators, they’re already taking off with Silicon Valley innovations. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are just about everywhere these days and may someday even be commercially available to deliver your beer, medicine, pizza, books. It’s not just that, they’ll also travel to places where humans may find it a little difficult to carry out certain tasks such as mapping the environment or natural disasters, tracking wildlife and even studying other plan...
How can one irksome idea for an enterprise company turn into a buzzing hive of a startup in Silicon Valley? Ask Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flicker and instant classic cult Glitch, and now chief executive of Slack, a communication startup valued at more than $1.2 billion. Reaching such massive numbers in valuation in less than 8 months is something quite unheard of. Let’s talk about Slack and how it has taken the enterprise world by storm. The Origin Slack is basically a chat room like internal communication tool for busin...
Fashion and technology might look like an unlikely union. However, it seems that both have gelled well with each other quite well for the past one year. Its newest love-child is LookSee, an e-ink smart bracelet allows the wearer’s to personalize the design via imagery. LookSee pairs with a LookSee app through Bluetooth and lets users choose from hundreds of pre-loaded images and patterns or even their own phones which are then displayed in a series on the fashion bracelet. The bracelet uses an e-ink display, which means wearer’s...
At one point of our lives, the concept of wearable technology was pretty much limited to Hollywood visualizing how they would be like in the future with films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Iron Man, Minority Report, TRON and many others. Today, when we’re finally on the brink of exploring the heights and depths of it, it seems like entered into an airy realm promising boundless possibilities. Although, it is highly unlikely that we’ll ever come across an Invisibility Cloak or Head-Up display, there’s a lot of buzz around the very ide...
While a plenty of smartwatches and wearables can appear pointless, there are actually a ton of exceptionally savvy wearable gadgets in the market that can help save lives. A new Indiegogo project, known as Embrace brings together years of experimentation into one thin, light and captivating device. Lead by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dr. Rosalind W. Picard, the Embrace team started chipping away on a new wearable gadget that measures emotions, including stress, way back in 2007. The primary cycle called iC...
How productive would it be if you could get money off those costly heath insurance deductibles, given you kept up with your gym commitment? It means not ditching free weights over an hour of Suits on Netflix. But if you missed it, your deductible booms. It could be a happy proposition or a destructive one, Pact Health says so! As per an AP poll, insurance plans with high deductibles (which by the way are quite popular) are preventing people from getting the healthcare they need. Around 19% of respondents were privately insured adul...
Carbon layers inflated on silicon carbide conduct electricity much better than scientist had previously predicted. Physicists have developed nanoribbons of Graphene, the single atom thick carbon that can conduct electrons much better than theorists predicts even for the most idealized form of materials in existence. The discovery promises a leap into technological advancements in the world of pricey electronics. For long, researchers have been hoping for a revolutionary material that could outperform traditional materials like silicon...
The total data accumulated in the past two years - a Zettabyte - eclipses the previous record of human civilization. It is fast becoming mainstream with companies from across all industries combining a plethora of digital data with softwares to analyze it. Software makers are eager to drill into the big data goldmine, with analysts predicting exorbitant growth for the overall market. However, building a successful business exploiting the benefits of big data is anything but easy, and requires dexterity along with the right amou...
Lowe’s American retail chain of home improvement and appliances, has added yet another resourceful device to its notorious Iris home automation line. This time, it’s a smart water valve that can automatically shut off the water as soon as it detects a burst in the pipe. The smart valve is designed by LeakSmart, an Ohio-based company and was first demonstrated in January during the CES 2014, but wasn’t readily available for purchase back then. The Smart Valve is basically a motorized ball valve network connected and can be easily in...