The Automotive Revolution

What do patent filings reveal about the race to fully autonomous vehicles? We have explored various potential technological innovations in the auto industry in a previous post, but here we will look more specifically at patent filings related to self-driving cars. These patents can help provide a better understanding of the diverse challenges facing autonomous-vehicle

Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency

Ever since 2008 when Satoshi Nakamoto’s mysterious white paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” was first published, blockchain has been making endless appearances in tech blogs everywhere. A lot of claims have been made about how blockchain will change the world, but some are speculating that blockchain might be sinking into the trough of

The Patents Behind the Tech Industry

When we think of modern technology such as phones or computers, we often don’t think about the inner technologies behind the functionality and formation of our favorite products. The average laptop has six basic parts: the random access memory (RAM), hard drive, battery, fan, motherboard, and the central processing unit (CPU). These components working together

Virtual Reality Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Though people often associate virtual reality (VR) with cyberpunk, futuristic dystopias, or flashy consumer tech, the ideas behind VR aren’t exactly new. Attempts at designing mechanical devices that were the Oculus Rift of their era took place at least as early as the 1950s, and the concept of alternative realities overriding the everyday world of

Polar Vortex, Meet IP Tech

The cold weather sweeping across the United States has parts of the Midwest feeling more like the frozen tundra of Antarctica than amber waves of grain. It was so cold in Chicago Wednesday night that even the show couldn’t go on, causing Hamilton to cancel due to “extreme weather conditions.” It’s a good thing technology is

Today’s Tech for the Smart Cities of Tomorrow

What exactly are smart cities? Some immediately think IoT, machine learning, and automation while others call to mind alternative waste treatments and non-traditional city layouts like the superblocks of Barcelona. With the urban population expected to reach 68% of the world’s population by 2050, it’s not surprising that tech giants, governments, and citizens are turning

3D Printing: Copying and Creation in a Cutting-Edge Industry

3D printing turns a digital model into a three-dimensional object by adding material layer-by-layer. 3D printing has been used to create houses inspired by everything from the structure of bone to silkworm fibers, functional musical instruments, and even biosynthetic organs. For an introduction to this technology in greater detail, 3D Printing Industry (3DPI) shares its