Patrick Nelson

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Patrick Nelson was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism.

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A $399 device that translates brain signals into digital commands

A $399 device that translates brain signals into digital commands

Startup NextMind is readying a $399 development kit for its brain-computer interface technology that enables users to interact, hands-free, with computers and VR/AR headsets.

Future ‘smart walls’ key to IoT

Future ‘smart walls’ key to IoT

MIT researchers are developing a wallpaper-like material that’s made up of simple RF switch elements and can be applied to building surfaces. Using beamforming, the antenna array could potentially improve wireless signal strength...

How bacteria could run the Internet of Things

How bacteria could run the Internet of Things

The Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT) would use certain kinds of bacteria, which scientists think has the attributes needed to make effective sensor networks.

How Open-RAN could ‘white-box’ 5G

How Open-RAN could ‘white-box’ 5G

Open-hardware, software-defined mobile radio infrastructure could kick-start private LTE and 5G and perhaps eventually lead to their supremacy over Wi-Fi for enterprises.

Beyond Moore's Law: Neuromorphic computing?

Beyond Moore's Law: Neuromorphic computing?

Some researchers think brain-copying architectures should replace traditional computing. One group explains how that might work.

Instant, secure ‘teleportation’ of data in the works

Instant, secure ‘teleportation’ of data in the works

Quantum teleportation, where information is sent instantaneously, will secure the Internet, researchers say. Scientists are making progress.

DIY communications networks to trend in 2020, says major telco

DIY communications networks to trend in 2020, says major telco

An across-the-board shift to privatizing communications networks is underway.

Researchers aim for transistors that compute and store in one component

Researchers aim for transistors that compute and store in one component

Materials incompatibilities have stalled efforts to integrate transistors and memory in a single on-chip, commercial component. That might be about to change.

Space-data-as-a-service prepares to take off

Space-data-as-a-service prepares to take off

Development of IoT services in space will require ruggedized edge computing. OrbitsEdge, a vendor has announced a deal with HPE for development.

Researchers experiment with glass-based storage that doesn't require electronics cooling

Researchers experiment with glass-based storage that doesn't require electronics cooling

A Microsoft Research project uses laser optics and artificial intelligence to store data in quartz glass.

IoT sensors must have two radios for efficiency

IoT sensors must have two radios for efficiency

To extend battery life, IoT radios that send data should be powered only when there's data to send, and a second, power-sipper radio should just listen for a wake-up signal for the principal radio. Academics say they’re making...

Space-sourced power could beam electricity where needed

Space-sourced power could beam electricity where needed

Harvesting solar energy in space would provide off-grid electricity at night, and for areas that don’t receive much sunlight. A project has just received funding.

Cheap IoT satellite network gets approval

Cheap IoT satellite network gets approval

Swarm Technologies joins a slew of new satellite communications providers who have obtained FCC launch and communications approval. This startup is aiming at IoT.

Wireless noise protocol can extend IoT range

Wireless noise protocol can extend IoT range

On-off noise power communication (ONPC) protocol creates a long-distance carrier of noise energy in Wi-Fi to ping IoT devices.

NICT successfully demos petabit-per-second network node

NICT successfully demos petabit-per-second network node

One-petabit-per-second signals could send 8K resolution video to 10 million people simultaneously, researchers say. Japan’s national research agency says it has just successfully demoed a networked version of it.

Data center liquid-cooling to gain momentum

Data center liquid-cooling to gain momentum

The serious number-crunching demands of AI, IoT and big data - and the heat they generate - may mean air cooling is on its way out.

Reimagining-the-Internet project gets funding

Reimagining-the-Internet project gets funding

A National Science Foundation-financed Internet replacement testbed project lays out its initial plans.

How a simpler mmWave architecture can connect IoT

How a simpler mmWave architecture can connect IoT

Upcoming 5G millimeter wave frequencies are being bandied as a good, solid network for IoT. But some say they may be too elaborate. A stripped-down version of millimeter wave technology may be the solution.

Space internet service closer to becoming reality

Space internet service closer to becoming reality

New, low-latency space internet service offerings from OneWeb and SpaceX are closer to becoming reality.

How 6G will work: Terahertz-to-fiber conversion

How 6G will work: Terahertz-to-fiber conversion

For 6G wireless to become a reality, it must overcome a few technical hurdles, such as connecting terahertz spectrum to hard, optical transmission lines. Researchers say they have solved the problem.

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