Le Mans, France —During the 24-hr race at Le Mans (June 17-18), information flowed from General Motors race cars via the Internet to homes around the world, providing a new perspective on the term "spectator sport." GM's demonstration of its ability to connect vehicles to the Internet allowed anyone with Internet access to see first-hand what had previously been exclusive to drivers and pit crews. Telemetry data from four Cadillac and Corvette entries included speed, braking, rpm, and lateral g-forces. The experience included real-time positions of the cars on the course, and allowed viewers to see through the drivers' eyes during the day and even at night through in-car cameras and the first ever road-racing use of Cadillac's exclusive Night Vision technology.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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