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Floating, Smartphone-equipped Robots Track Water Flow

Researchers at UC Berkeley are shown retrieving floating robots on the Sacramento River. (Photo: Roy Kaltschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.)

On May 9th, a hundred floating robots outfitted with smartphones and GPS systems were field tested in the Sacramento River by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

The project’s participants hope that similar networks made up of mobile sensors will be available for rapid deployment to make available real-time, high-resolution data about the way pollutants spread, how salmon migrate, or how salt water and fresh water mix, for example.

After being launched in the water, the smartphones provided location data to servers at Berkeley Lab. The data was integrated and processed into a map.

We are putting water online. Monitoring the state’s water supply is critical for the general public, water researchers and government agencies, which now rely upon costly fixed water sensor stations that don’t always generate sufficient data for modeling and prediction. The mobile probes we are using could potentially expand coverage in the Delta — on demand — to hundreds of miles of natural and manmade channels that are currently under-monitored, and help agencies responsible for managing the state’s limited water supply.”

— Alexandre Bayen, associate professor, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

The fleet of robots includes models that are able to dive, measure water quality, and even map the shape of the channels within which they are floating. Possible types of measurements that the floating robots could collect include the speed of water currents, water temperature, salinity, and the presence of specified contaminants.

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Learn more at http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/05/09/floating-sensors-track-delta-water-flow/

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies

Top 10 Technologies
Gearing Up for Science-based Change: A list of important future technologies that it predicts will impact the world has been released by the World Economic Forum.

Intelligent technologies for adding value to information and handling “noisy data” are among the expected advances showcased in a list of “Important Technologies” that, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, are poised to alter the world. The list was produced by a group of experts representing many areas, including science, businesses, and public policy.

“Accelerating progress in science and technology has stimulated a new age of discovery, and many of the technologies identified by the council are critical to building a sustainable and resilient future.”

 — Sang Yup Lee, Council Chair Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

In alphabetical order, the Council’s top 10 emerging technologies are as follows:

  • Enhanced Education Technology
  • Green Revolution 2.0 – Technologies for Increased Food and Biomass
  • High Energy Density Power Systems
  • Informatics for Adding Value to Information
  • Nanoscale Design of Materials
  • Personalized Medicine, Nutrition and Disease Prevention
  • Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
  • Systems Biology and Computational Modeling and Simulation of Chemical and Biological Systems
  • Utilization of Carbon Dioxide as a Resource
  • Wireless Power

While the Council members expect that technological progress in these areas could have major impacts on social, economic, and environmental issues, they also caution that their “safe and successful development is far from guaranteed.”

Explore further at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/tkai-iet021412.php

To see the full list of emerging technologies, visit http://forumblog.org/2012/02/the-2012-top-10-emerging-technologies

Related: http://www.inc.com/john-brandon/6-major-tech-innovations-for-2012.html 

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