A new interface lets you keep your phone in your pocket and use apps or answer calls by tapping your hand.
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
An experimental interface from Microsoft turns any wall into an interactive surface.
A clear composite material could make multitouch screens sensitive to pressure.
The Open Network Foundation wants to let programmers take control of computer networks.
The device could one day let superfast quantum computers talk to each other.
The new type of sensor could be an early warning system for bridges and buildings under stress.
Nanowire transistors could run inside microscopic biosensors or environmental sensors.
Developers use clever tricks to overcome the shortcomings of smart-phone cameras.
Cameras built using flexible electronics could find many uses.
IBM's ultra-dense racetrack memory is closer to commercialization.