Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE enters final round

Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE enters final round

Science fiction can do more than predict the technologies of the future. It can inspire them as well. Case in point, the medical diagnostic devices built for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. The competition seeks to recreate the gizmo of the Star Trek TV and movie...
Team Grit’s DARPA Robotics Challenge robot

Team Grit’s DARPA Robotics Challenge robot

Karl Castleton, head of Team Grit, the all-volunteer DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) contender out of Grand Junction, Colorado, sent me this photo of the team’s robot, Cog-Burn. The DRC Finals is going down this June 5-6 at Fairplex in Pomona, California....
Look Ahead: Bre Pettis

Look Ahead: Bre Pettis

My extended Q&A with MakerBot founder Bre Pettis is up on the Look Ahead blog at The Economist. Pettis was a school teacher who got his start in desktop manufacturing by searching for ways to reach kids who learned best by working with their hands. MakerBot is at...
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