You’re looking at a video clip recorded on a prototype camera that powers itself without needing a battery or electric cord. This innovation might represent the early stages of something big, not just for snapping selfies or recording the latest funny thing your cat is doing, but more as an enabler of the ubiquitous sensing that will be at the heart of the Industrial Internet.
The Columbia University computer scientists and engineers who created it say they are aiming to build computer eyes that can last forever without a tether. Their breakthrough came in marrying the fundamentals of how a solar panel operates with the light-capturing function of video camera image sensors.
“Digital imaging is expected to enable many emerging fields including wearable devices, sensor networks, smart environments, personalized medicine, and the Internet of Things,” said computer scientist Shree Nayar, the head of the Columbia Vision Lab and inventor of the device. “A camera that can function as an untethered device forever—without any external power supply—would be incredibly useful.” Learn more and see pics below.
“Dam” curry rice, as you might expect, simply involves holding back the pools of delicious brown curry sauce using shored-up piles of rice, to prevent a curry overflow. Some will leak through, and that’s fine (think of it as generating lovely, delicious energy through it), but just enough to add to your rice a bit at a time rather than drowning it.
The edible barrier allows the diner to control the intermingling of rice and curry, creating perfect bites, and for preventing sides of salad from getting soggy. And of course they just look awesome too.
Smart Girls co-founder and Executive Director Meredith Walker sat down with Smarties from Qualcomm and the FIRST Robotics Competition to talk about robots, women in STEM, and the importance of mentorship! You might even see Smart Girl Amy Poehler make a surprise appearance — plus, hear about what these women would say on the red carpet (to accept their Nobel Prize, of course!)
“Don’t ask me; I’m just a girl.” It’s one of the most famous lines from The Simpsons.
Lisa Simpson, an eight-year-old girl, is excited to get a talking
version of her favorite Barbie-like doll but horrified at the words that
come from her doll’s mouth. It’s a joke, social commentary and it
speaks to a very large issue.
According to an infographic recently produced by Verizon,
at the age of eight, 66 percent of girls say they like math yet, in
college, only 18 percent of women study engineering. The problem starts
early, girls begin to lose confidence in their technical abilities at a young age.
Seventy-two percent of girls feel they’re good at science and math
classes in middle school while only 55 percent of girl feel that way in
The National Girls Collaborative Project
reported that girls were more likely to have taken biology — a life
science frequently viewed as “accessible” — in high school than boys (50
percent vs. 39). Whereas “hard” subjects, such as physics and
engineering, were dominated by males. In college, according to the NGCP,
in 2011, 57.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. were
obtained by women. In the sciences, women received over 50 percent of
the degrees in biology. Yet, they held less than 20 percent of those
awarded in the fields of physics, computing or engineering.
By adulthood, while they compose half the population and half the workforce, only a quarter of STEM positions are held by women. Not only is this a problem — it’s a worsening one.
New TV show The Next MacGyver is seeking someone who can write a TV show with a female-engineer protagonist. Supported by the National Academy of Engineering and the creator of MacGyver, it hopes to improve female representation on TV while inspiring more women to go into engineering.
The top five applicants will receive $5,000 each to write their scripts.