Intelligence and monitoring

engadget - by Mariella Moon - 04/08/2018

The lack of water and workers means winemakers could rely on machines.

We all know by now that robots are the future of farming, and things are no different for winemakers in The Golden State. Faced with the shortage of water and workers, they asked researchers from the University of California to create an irrigation system that needs minimal human input. What the team came up with is a system called Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery (RAPID) that uses a machine to monitor and adjust water emitters attached to irrigation lines.

Fast Company - by Mark Sullivan - 04/09/2018

The most important thing about the company’s big renewable push might be that it’s bringing everyone–from suppliers to local utilities–along for the ride.

The Loop - by Lisa Felepchuk - 04/09/2018

Researchers at MIT have created a piece of wearable tech that can read your thoughts like it’s reading a children’s book. The device, AlterEgo, is a headset that attaches to the face and jaw and picks up neuromuscular signals that go off when words are internally verbalized.

Popular Mechanics - by Jay Bennett - 04/03/2018

Lockheed, whose Skunk Works division did initial work on the jet, wins the $247.5 million contract to build a quieter plane that could lead to a new era of supersonic flight.

NBC News - by Tom Metcalfe - 04/04/2018

With quiet electric motors and the ability to take off and land vertically from rooftops and parking lots, self-flying “air taxis” like the Airbus Vahana and the Kitty Hawk Cora are being hailed as the next big thing for getting around town and to and from airports.

But short hops on air taxis will be just part of a new air travel ecosystem. In coming years a new generation of electric and hybrid-electric airplanes — including “electroliners” capable of carrying 100 or more passengers — will take to the skies. - by Hanneke Weitering - 04/02/2018

SpaceX launched a used Dragon cargo spacecraft on a return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) today (April 2). The pre-flown cargo vessel lifted off at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a Falcon 9 rocket that has also been to space before.

ZME Science - by Tibi Puiu - 03/26/2018

Engineers at Tufts University have devised a tiny sensor that is mounted on a user’s tooth to wirelessly relay information on glucose, salt, and alcohol intake. The technology is similar to Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) that uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object.

inOut - 02/21/2018

Parkki is proposing an innovative solution that will unlock the power of parking data in order to address the issues faced by smart cities. Whether for car park operators (cities, shopping centres, airports, etc.) or motorists, Parkki is set to improve the entire parking experience.

The Register - by Simon Sharwood - 03/07/2018

The European Space Agency has hailed the successful test of an air-breathing engine that works in space.

The engines don’t need the oxygen found in air to burn. Instead, as the ESA has explained here, the idea is to collect air, compress it, give it a charge and then squirt it out to provide thrust.

The engine has no moving parts and all that’s needed to power the engine is electricity. Spacecraft can generally harvest that from the Sun.

inhabitat - by Kristine Lofgren - 03/06/2018

The future of transportation is looking mighty green. Goodyear just revealed a new tire called Oxygene that integrates living moss to help improve air quality while you travel. Goodyear didn’t just stop there – Oxygene is 3D-printed out of recycled tires and includes technology to help keep pedestrians safe.