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Week in innovation (Aug. 19-24)

[View the story "Week in innovation (Aug. 19-24, 2012)" on Storify] Week in innovation (Aug. 19-24, 2012) Links to timely stories about innovation, electronics and the entrepreneurial spirit relevant to our coverage on Drive for Innovation. Storified by Brian Fuller · Thu, Aug 23 2012 17:56:14 Bulbvolitarian TRENDS Apple, Samsung Patent War Puts Future of Innovation At Risk“That is effectively


One engineer’s experience in the Volt

Steve Leibson, longtime industry editor and engineer, got a chance this summer to tool around in the Silicon Valley in a Chevy Volt.  It's always good to get a different perspective, but Leibson's over three days tracks ours over 12 months.  He writes: "Quite simply, it drives like a smooth, well-bred car and it’s clear that GM engineers worked really

XL Hybrids CAD drawing

A focused approach to eating the big pie

It's sometimes difficult to restrain oneself, much less one's company. Every innovation is born of a huge measure of optimism and confidence that this is the solution for the market. When the Drive for Innovation rolled into Boston in the fall of 2011, we hadn't heard of XL Hybrids. Today, we did, as the company announced a supplier deal with

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Week in Innovation (Aug. 5-11, 2012)

This week we begin a series of round-up posts linking to some interesting stories about innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit in business and electronics. [View the story "Week in innovation (Aug. 5-11, 2012)" on Storify] Week in innovation (Aug. 5-11, 2012) Links to timely stories about innovation, electronics and the entrepreneurial spirit relevant to our coverage on Drive for Innovation.


What’s wrong with innovation today

It's a (fill in the blank) new world today in innovation. In the old, old days, you had technology companies named after the innovators who founded them. Hewlett-Packard. Watkins-Johnson. Varian Brothers. Then startups chose names associated with their technology: Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, Linear Technology, Analog Devices. Today innovators choose goofy but memorable names (Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, Groupon) and often,

Solar Decathlon 2011

Hands-on education through home building

COLLEGE PARK, Md.–Oh to be a kid again! Well, not so much a kid but a college student. We've written a lot on Drive for Innovation about the maker movement and the hands-on activities or curricula that are flourishing in universities (whether it's New York Institute of Technology, San Jose State, UMass Amherst, Penn or Arizona State).  Here at the

Clive Wright Saturna and the scooter-2

How to reduce range anxiety

(Odometer: 31,109 miles) VANCOUVER, B.C.–On the road, we ran into cool technologies and cool places to work engineering magic. Rarely did we find both at the same spot. But then we pulled into Saturna Green Systems here. Tucked inside a small pedestrian office mall in the trendy Gastown district, Saturna Green is trying to take the anxiety out of driving


Welcome to the world of personal microscopes

LOS ANGELES–Aydogan Ozcan is about as close to a rock star in the world of imaging and digital medicine as you can imagine. Picked by MIT's Technology Review as a top innovator under the age of 35, the UCLA engineering professor, his team and his technology are on the verge of revolution medicine and virology. Why? Because they're applying Moore's

Volt on the road mirror shot

Bound to cover just a little more ground

PHOENIX–Sometimes the biggest, most-ambitious projects end quietly and simply. A small group of executives from Avnet Electronics Marketing, including president Ed Smith and marketing VP Ian Basey, and I gathered in the company's headquarters this month as the good folks from the charitable organization Chances for Children took ownership of our home for the past year, the red Chevy Volt.

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