‘Education is a big problem,’ says Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira. He’s spent his whole life in the education space, starting at Kaplan in 1991. He tried to bring adaptive learning to Kaplan in 1993, but it was hard to do so in a brick-and-mortar situation, an environment in which few people even had
While everyone’s talking about the strides Tesla and Terra are making in transportation, there are plenty of startups working on electric vehicles, too. One of these innovative companies is Japan’s Whill, which makes an e-wheelchair that promises to be the next big thing in personal mobility.
Apple customers test out iPads and accessories.Image: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images Apple is reportedly working on a battery for its not-yet-announced iWatch that could be charged both wirelessly and from the sun. According to a New York Times report, the company is looking to build a smarter
In 1998 – eight years before Sony introduced the Sony Reader, and nine years before Amazon introduced the Kindle – Microsoft founder and then-CEO Bill Gates was shown a prototype e-reader. He rejected it. ‘He didn’t like the user interface, because it didn’t look like Windows,’ a programmer
When Oscar Pistorius fought successfully to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games with his two artificial legs, he became the most visible challenge to many people’s Olympian ideal of celebrating human athletic performance without technological tweaks or other enhancements. Yet the attention
Everyone knows how to do a simple Google search, but do you know how to read pages in languages you’ve never studied or track down the location of a friend’s picture they took on vacation ages ago? Google wants to show you more tips on how to get the most out of its search results. The search
John C. Havens is the founder of The H(app)athon Project and author of the upcoming book H(app)y — The Value of Well Being in a Digital Economy (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014). He can be reached @johnchavens. Big data is getting personal. People around the globe are monitoring everything from their