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
A spectrally selective approach could let tablets, e-readers, and windows turn light into power.
The growth of social media, search, and shopping could help chip startups get a foot in the data-center door.
Remote rendering lets big-budget animators add more effects and opens doors to smaller studios.
Emerging data-mining software tells whether employees are helpful, toxic, or management material—and how well the company functions.
An ambitious startup strives to create a business based on paying poor people to do microtasks on their phones.
A new display offers color video and a reflective e-reader mode.
Belkin buys Zensi, which makes sensors to track domestic energy and water usage.
A new company puts silicon transistors on plastic for flexible displays.
Thin-film silicon solar cells are more efficient with tiny holes in the back electrical contact.