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.
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 could one day let superfast quantum computers talk to each other.
Developers use clever tricks to overcome the shortcomings of smart-phone cameras.