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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - United Business Media
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
Lives in Lake Wales, Florida
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Biometrics with medical-grade accuracy now small enough to fit inside AirPod-like earbuds, instantly turning them into a treasure trove of capabilities like continuously accurate heart rate, distance, speed, cadence, oxygen consumption and other biometrics with blood pressure and respiration rate on the way.
Valencell Inc's PerformTek biometric measurement module adds biometric sensing function to accelerometer-equipped wireless earbuds.
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SGI supercomputers will soon be making the world's most accurate weather forecasts thanks to breakthrough software crafted by their collaborator, the the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland (Galway).
SGI and Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) collaborate on the world's most accurate climate modeling aiming to provide accurate weather forecasts.
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NextNav is likely to build a billion dollar empire by providing the navigation signals users need indoors, in urban canyons and to rural areas. Their timing services to carriers will start the income for building the nationwide tower infrastructure--the necessary prerequisite to anywhere location services.
NextNav LLC is selling precision timing services from its atomic clock equipped navigation towers to all the major carriers, after which they will be able to offer super-accurate navigation services to every smartphone user worldwide.
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The Russians are pouring money into basic research and getting some amazing results--if they can be brought to market (hopefully with some alliances with U.S manufacturers, instead of Chinese). Here single photons and single molecules appear to be as easy to manipulate for computing purposes as charge and laser light.
Researchers are on the road to creating a single-photon emitter and a single-molecule detector.
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Co-robots promise to fill the roll of those workers that must be hired and laid off during peak periods--such as around Christmas. Using inVia's robot-as-a-service (RaaS) model, e-retailers can fulfill orders the instant they are placed online with GrabIt and TransIt co-robots that pick items and accumulate them into orders, respectively.
The co-robot company InVia Robotics Inc. has invented robots-as-a-service whereby warehouses pay a fee, per co-robot, to use its GrabIt and TransIt co-robots to pick items from the shelves and deliver them to the mailroom.
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Intel modeling brain for Deep Learning! Finally Intel has gotten on the cognitive computing (Cognizer) bandwagon by acquiring Nervana Systems for its Nervana Engine, a chip that models the neural networks of the brain for Deep Learning. Now IBM, Nvidia and the others will have unparalleled competition from venerable Intel in brain modeling.
Intel intends to acquire Nervana Systems for its upcoming deep-learning accelerator chip along with its Neon cloud service.
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NXP's near field magnetic induction allows each listener to hear their ear buds without the need for special coding, since their range is so small. It also eliminates the need for the 3.5 millimeter jack, allowing phones to got to ever slimmer form factors--a goal of Apple and other smartphone makers.
Could the NXP's NFMI system-on-chip, the NxH2280 NFMI radio for Bluetooth-free earbuds, be in Apple's iPhone 7?
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Crowdfunded ideas get massive funding for projects the major OEMs would never tackle. Witness the Bagel, a three-in-one measurement device that replaces a tape measurer, a wheel measurer and a laser measurer in a device under $75.
Bagel Labs has invented a three-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) measurement device that replaces the tape measure, the roller measure, and the laser measurer for under $75.
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The future is being planned not by people, but by algorithms that repurpose smartphone data with realtime analytics cast by Ford Motor Company and its collaborator, MIT. The days of urban planning taking years and millions of dollars are over. Now smart software can save municipalities money and more importantly time, by tracking people-traffic no matter what the means--bus, trolley, train, car or bicycle.
Ford and MIT collaborate to mine Big Data from smartphones to perform urban planning.
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CognizeR is finally here, as a way of bringing Watson's cognitive computing capabilities to the millions of "R" language programmers working on unstructured Big Data and Deep Learning. As predicted in my book Cognizers--Neural Networks and Machines that Think:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cognizers/id525969120?mt=11
The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
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There EPA explained to me that air pollution can be defeated with the existing laws, but that it can't do the job alone. By getting local communities involved in monitoring and reacting to pollution levels, it hopes to make the U.S. as pollution-free as possible.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing $4.5 million in grants to six universities to deploy air pollution sensor networks and educate the public how to use them to reduce it.
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Cancer could be a thing of the past, at least for patients that get regular screenings with IBM's new lab-on-a-chip that that can detect cancer precursors as small as 20-nanometers (rather than waiting for cancer cells which measure in microns to form).
IBM Research has designed a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip that can separate biological particles down to sizes as small as 20-nanometers to screen for cancer markers so small that a tumor has not even started to grow.
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Next-generation electronics and technology news stories published non-stop for 20+ years, R. Colin Johnson's unique perspective has prompted coverage of his articles in a diverse range of major media outlets--from the ultra-liberal National Public Radio (NPR) to the ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh Show.
Education
  • Washington University (M.A.)
    Philosophy / Symbolic Logic
  • University of Michigan (M.S.)
    Computer, Information and Control Engineering
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Technology Editor
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  • EETimes - United Business Media
    Technology Editor, present
  • Electronics Magazine - McGraw-Hill
    Microsystems and Software Editor
  • SlashDot.org
    Contributing Editor, present
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Lake Wales, Florida
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Portland, Oregon - Manhattan, New York - Los Angeles, California