ByteLight Solves Indoor GPS Mapping Problem With LED Lighting

“We’ve taken something that’s been around since Edison and turned it into a way of transmitting information.” -Dan Ryan, CTO of ByteLight

Dan Ryan and Aaron Ganick, both Electrical Engineers, met at Boston University as undergrads. They became quick friends as they continued to bump into each other in class and around campus. Little did they know that a common childhood passion and a local science museum would play prominent roles in shaping their futures? Read More

People-Power Lights 2012 Olympic Walkway

When I first met Laurence Kemball-Cook he was showing me how he’d hacked a cheap AM-FM radio in his hotel room the night before. He rewired it to run off of kinetic energy instead of the batteries it was designed for. He also shared photos of LED bike lights he’d hacked together that provided superior lighting at a fraction of the cost of commercial bike lights. It was obvious that Laurence had a thing for lights. Really, though, his sustainable clean energy power generation invention is what makes his story interesting. Read More

Inventor Mitch Altman, Electronics Jedi

Long, flowing hair and an air of supreme confidence emanates from Mitch Altman, inventor of TV-B-Gone, as he enters the ‘Dark Side’ stage at the 2012 Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 27 2012. You can hear the Star Wars theme trumpeting in the background as R2D2 blinks and beeps–Mitch takes the stage. Read More

Google’s Erez Lieberman Aiden – How the Human Genome Folds

What do Ramen noodles, knots, and genome globules have in common? If you’re researcher Erez Lieberman Aiden, these are models for his groundbreaking research on 3-D mapping the human genome. At the end of the day, he shares advice and wisdom with aspiring young scientists. His connections to TED and Google lend a “cool” factor… Read More

TED-ED – TED Releases Cool Education Talks Aimed at Teens

TED Talks are great learning tools. Famous for high quality presenters talking about the world’s biggest ideas, TED Talks inspire everyone–even children. Now there is a whole series of TED videos created especially for young people. The new TED initiative is called TED-Ed and promises to include teacher tools in a new website, coming in… Read More

The Maker Culture is Reinventing Detroit

To be sure, Detroit faces uphill challenges as it fights poverty, unemployment, and a shrinking population after the massive downsizing of the auto industry. In the media, we all see Detroit’s vast vacant factories, poor schools, and despondent people. Sadly, these stories become Detroit’s story. However, they are just some of Detroit’s stories. They do… Read More

Chevrolet’s New Concept Coupes Combine Style, Performance, and Tech

One of the most exciting unveilings at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan was Chevrolet’s introduction of two stunningly appealing but dramatically different concept cars. Because the new cars are still in the concept phase, they are not yet slated for production.  However, they look like they were designed with production… Read More

Cadillac CUE’s up for Geek Moms

On  Sunday, January 9t–the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, Cadillac unveiled the new Cadillac ATS, a luxury car to compete head-to-head with BMW. The car is beautiful, especially finished in sinfully decadent metallic red. But is it appealing to a working mom? With its big wheels and aggressive profile,… Read More

Entire Cyberchase Animated Series Now Available Online

As a GeekMom, I’m extremely choosy about what and how much children’s television and online programming my child consumes. After all, time is my family’s most precious commodity. Therefore, when my child engages with children’s programming, it has to be great. I am delighted that the entire Emmy Award-winning animated video series, Cyberchase, is now… Read More

Ten Cool Companies That Rocked the IAAPA Conference

IAAPA Attractions Expo, owned and produced by International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, is the world’s largest conference and trade show for the $24 billion global attractions industry. The future rides, attractions, games, and products of the world’s theme parks and attractions are well represented at this weeklong conference.  Between November 14 and November… Read More

Ghosts, Books, and Coincidences

Founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, Haslam’s Bookstore is a “third place” for many people in the small St. Petersburg, FL community. Its owners share great stories with regular customers, celebrate local authors, and revel in helping people find books that sometimes change lives. Checking email on an iPhone and downloading the latest John… Read More

Legoland Florida: The Young Lego Geek’s Paradise

Like Steve Jobs was to Apple fans, Legoland Florida is to all of the young Lego fanatics.  On Saturday, October 15, 2011, thousands of loyal fans from around the world converged on the grounds of the new Legoland Florida theme park for its grand opening.  Legoland Florida did not disappoint.  It was uncanny how passionate… Read More

Education Week: Child-Led Project-Based Home Learning

When J.K. Rowling released each of her Harry Potter books, young fans flocked to bookstores, stayed up late finishing the books, and then eagerly shared feelings and predictions about future books, characters, etc. with friends. These fans learned everything they could about J.K. Rowling’s fictional world on their own without prompting and in addition to… Read More

Legoland Florida: A Geeky Preview

Legoland Florida officially opens Saturday, October 15, 2011, but I was lucky enough to get a recent behind-the-scenes tour. Prediction: Lego fans: Prepare to go crazy at Legoland Florida. First, the park is beautiful. Amazingly detailed giant Lego sculptures are everywhere. Secondly, the rides and attractions are highly interactive. We cannot wait to try out… Read More

Learning Through Legos: S.T.E.M. and Back Again

Legos are internationally cherished small plastic interlocking building blocks and minifigures that can be taken apart and used to build other objects. Over the years, Lego has expanded its creations to include products like gears and pulleys and even electronic parts for constructing programmable robots. As a result, there are popular Lego robotics leagues and… Read More