Big data and big agriculture

As the global population increases, weather volatility grows, and fuel prices surge, there will be more incentives to use data and analytics on the farm to increase yields and minimize risks.

Why the future of mobile apps is contextual

The mobile landscape isn’t comprised of just the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4 and Moto X. Thousands of different devices access an average mobile site, and they all have different processors, batteries, sensors and networks. That means an opportunity for personalization like never before.

Europe wants to be big in chip manufacturing

A new industrial strategy for the continent aims to unlock €100 billion in private-sector funding through the use of targeted public-sector funding for R&D in the fields of nanoelectronics and microelectronics.

With sensors, apps & data, my smartphone is (almost) my doctor

Walking and running centric personalized health devices like Nike FuelBand and Jawbone Up will soon have company in the market place, thanks to Scanadu, which is making a vital health signs monitor, Scanadu Scout. Soon to follow, Scanadu Flu and other gadgets, FDA willing, of course.

Your phone will soon be your new doctor

Soon, your phone will know more about your health history and fitness goals than your doctor does. And according RunKeeper founder Jason Jacobs, when this plays out at scale, it will change the dynamic between you, your doctor and the traditional healthcare system.

How your smartphone could one day predict the weather

Nokia EVP Michael Halbherr thinks that the next set of sensors in our smartphones will track humidity and pressure, which will used to generate more accurate crowdsourced weather forecasts. He believes as our devices become more sophisticated, they’ll be increasingly enlisted to serve the public good.

Thin Film and the creation of the stupid web

Thin Film, a company that prints memory and logic circuits onto plastic films, has signed partnerships with three companies to create a cheap, disposable temperature sensor. The resulting product could be the start of the stupid web and an initial step to the Internet of Things.

Take a look at IBM’s 5 innovations for the next 5 years

Every year, IBM comes up with a list of five innovations it believes will become popular within the next five years. For 2011, it has come up with the following technologies it thinks will gain traction. I also look back at some of its previous predictions.

DARPA-backed start-up builds iPhone sized X-Ray machines

Tribogenics, which spun out of DARPA-backed physics project at UCLA, announced today it has raised $2.5 million from Flywheel Ventures and other angels to build X-Ray machines the size of thick iPhones. The company is using a new technology to create X-Rays from static electricity.

Make way for more brain-based chips

What happens when you place the equivalent of 1024 neurons in parallel on a chip? Well, you get a new form of computing for cloud computing and sensor networks as well as toys that can recognize cue cards, better artificial intelligence and pattern recognition.

RunKeeper’s smartphone app gets smarter with sensors

Smartphones are packing more sensors these days, and application developers continue to find new ways to gain additional value from the sensors. Popular exercise app RunKeeper is the latest. Its software for iPhone and Android handsets includes an auto-pause function and new heart rate zone targeting.

Garmin fitness app shows software is where it’s at

Long-time GPS hardware maker, Garmin, released its first fitness app for $0.99 in the iTunes App Store and Android Market. Gone are the days when companies can focus on single-purpose hardware; thanks to smartphones, sensors and connectivity, software is where the real action is at.

How will we design products for the Internet of Things?

As revolutionary as the mobile ecosystem is, it’s the interactions of more intelligent connected devices with people outside the context of phones or computers that will drive more innovation says Mark Rolston, the chief creative officer at Frog Design at an event on Monday.

What happens when you marry sports, sensors & social?

New York Road Runners and MapMyRUN are collaborating to share real-time athlete data from this year’s New York Marathon, thanks to GPS sensors, RFID tags and software. This combination of sports, sensor and social brings a shared experience between athletes and spectators. Here’s why it matters.

Basis Building the Ultimate Watch Fitness Monitor

Devices like Fitbit and smartphone apps like Runkeeper have the ability to act as powerful health sensors. But one of the most promising ventures in this field is an upcoming product from Pulse Tracer called Basis, a watch monitor that packs in a bunch of sensors.

Why Apps Need Some Sense and Sensibility

The biggest frustration I have with my iPhone is when the phone switches between Wi-Fi and 3G networks and just hangs. In solving this problem, MIT researchers used motion sensors, showing how mobile devices need to become an extension of us.