E-books, iPads and Kindles may be the way of the future, but most of the world's knowledge is still stored in millions of good old paper books on library shelves. So researchers at Miami University have created an augmented reality app that makes all those books easier to organize. ShelvAR instantly analyzes an entire shelf, spots any misplaced books, and shows librarians the quickest way to put the books back in order.
With practically everything going digital, it’s easy to run out of hard-drive space. You can keep track of how full your drive is with your computer’s default file manager: In Windows, go to Start, then My Computer; in OS X, look at the bottom of any Finder window. Most of us notice a problem only after the drive is already full, though.
With the move to the new shop, I've been forced to revisit our approach to storage and organization. The first area to get the treatment was the stash of valves, miscellaneous bearings, telephone parts, solenoids and a few thousand other small to mid-sized parts. At this point in time, it looks like Rubbermaid is my savior.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.