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Who’d pay $3,250 for a robot to carry their groceries?

I’m an overall tech person, with a longtime interest in robotics. So I find the growing number of new robotics applications – medical, manufacturing, assistive, even some of those built for a less illustrious purpose – to be an exciting development. And then, occasionally, one will come along that I find to be a head-scratcher. […]
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Apollo 17 Lunar Module

Reliability. Don’t leave home without it… (Part 2)

In my last post (October 23rd), I began summarizing an EE Times Special Project on growing concerns over technology reliability and safety. In that post, I looked at the sections of the report that focused on a couple of the recent well-publicized problem areas: hoverboards and Boeing 737s. If we just pay attention to the […]
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Reliability. Don’t leave home without it… (Part 1)

EE Times has a Special Project report out that addresses growing concerns over technology reliability and safety that is pretty sobering. The report, compiled and in good part written by George Leopold, includes a couple of case studies from either end of the technology spectrum: hoverboards and Boeing 737s, as well as some welcome suggestions […]
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Cutting down on food waste

It’s something that I’m pretty sure we’ve all been guilty of. Our shopping carts are bigger than our stomachs, and as much as we think we’re going to use every last bit of what we put in those carts, we end up tossing rotting produce out of the fridge or moldy bread out of the […]
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Diapers go high tech: yet another app in search of a reason for being

My kids are all grown, so I’ve been out of the game for a good long while. And there are no grandkids on the immediate horizon, so it may be a while before I’m on diaper duty. But with three children, I did my share of diaper changing over the years – back in the […]
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Fire technology since 9/11

Hard to believe that, today, we’re observing the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Those of us who lived through it have indelible images of this day, and will always remember exactly where we were when we first heard the news. For most of us, our first impulse was to connect […]
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A little something for the dog days of summer

As a car guy (and a tech guy), I often find myself blogging about topics related to automotive technology. And then sometimes I remember that I’m also a dog guy (and a tech guy), and I start noticing that there are an increasing number of apps related to pet care. When it comes to pet […]
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More on the tech behind the moon landing

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, I wrote a post on the technology that got our astronauts there. (Lots of technology behind the moon landing.) A week or so later, I saw another article in EE Times (this one by George Leopold) on the subject, with a slightly different […]
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How smart is your city?

One of the most interesting and rapidly growing application areas for the Internet of Things (IoT) is the development of smart cities. Smart cities use sensors to collect data, and then use that data to make sure that their resources – lighting, power, traffic control, policing, etc. – are optimally deployed. Smart cities promise to […]
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