From conception to buzz, from three-way spring to soft-touch paint: inside the design of a multimedia communications gadget.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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By investing in energy efficiency, we could vastly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money.
Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.
The National Archives struggle to save endangered electronic records.
Building the planes is easy. Making them autonomous, and constructing airborne communications networks, is not.
Fraud, gruesome propaganda, terror planning: the Net enables it all. The online industry can help fix it.
The Iraq War was supposed to be a preview of the new U.S. military: a light, swift force that relies as much on sensors and communications networks as on heavy armor and huge numbers. But once the shooting started, technology fell far short of expectations.
Electronic and biological tracking technologies could safeguard the nation's food, but the meat industry may be too mired in antiquated practices to buy in.
The 7E7 could set new efficiency standards, thanks to lightweight materials, smarter sensors, and a streamlined design process. But can it pull Boeing out of a market nosedive and revitalize struggling airlines?