A low-power, multiroom sensor network watches for drips and runs on a coin-cell battery.
I’m a freelance science and technology journalist based in San Francisco. I was the information technology editor at MIT’s Technology Review from 2005 to 2009, where I wrote more than 350 stories about emerging technologies in areas that include computers, mobile devices, displays, communication networks, Internet startups, and more.
I was an integral part of a technology trend-spotting team, highlighting early work in reality mining, plasmonics, adaptable networks, and racetrack memory. I’ve contributed to The Economist, U.S News & World Report, Gizmodo, New Scientist, Science News, and SELF, among other publications. And I’m currently working on a book with Nathan Eagle called Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World (MIT Press).
Kate Greene's Stories
Data synthesis and sensor coverage make for better monitoring of natural disasters.
A spectrally selective approach could let tablets, e-readers, and windows turn light into power.
A Microsoft Research project offloads data and calculations to save battery life.
A startup uses 3-D cameras to keep track of hands and fingers, enabling more complex gesture control.
The digitization of communications radios could mean cheaper, less power-hungry devices.
A wearable brain scanner could give computers insight into how hard you're thinking.
A system with foot-level cameras aims to cure the problem of multiple people using one touch screen.
A new system adapted from a technology used for underwater cables could lead to touch sensors in clothes and coffee tables.
The device processes only small amounts of data, but at a very low cost.