Emerging Technology

Time For a New Battery; Safer and Longer Lasting

Mar 31, 2016

When the first modern battery was invented in 1800, it paved the way for portable electric power.  But for today’s modern technology, conventional batteries are something of a roadblock.  From electric cars, to solar panels, to high-tech toys that catch fire, scientists are working to make safer, lighter and longer lasting batteries. Soon new kind of battery being developed at Virginia Tech might be the answer to these problems.

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Electric companies across the state have been rolling out  new technology, installing home meters that monitor consumer use and send that information, automatically, to the company.  Smart meters also allow utilities to turn power on and off from a remote location.  Utilities say these hi-tech meters will help consumers reduce their electric bills, but one elected official is skeptical, and she’s leading a crusade against the devices.

First, there was live music, the sound of voices and instruments radiating toward our ears. Much later, stereo and multi- channel recording added new dimensions to the sounds.

Now comes a new ‘instrument’ that is the concert hall itself. It’s called the ‘Cube.’  It’s part of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.

With it’s nearly 150 speakers embedded in the 4 walls, the ceiling and floor, this concert hall sized instrument is so new, there’s barely any music created that can be played in it.

The Cars of the Future are Already Here

Jun 11, 2015
Virginia Tech, Center for Automated Vehicle Systems

Researchers will soon begin testing automated cars on Virginia Roadways. But the advent of truly driverless cars is still pretty far down the road.

On the outside this looks like any normal Cadillac SRX a sleek, a 2013 luxury SUV.  But it’s been retrofitted with screens and sensors.  A small antenna on top with a GPS and Wi-Fi receiver detecting obstacles ahead, in this case, a tester wearing what looks like a construction worker’s vest containing a transmitter. 

TEDxRVA: Uncommon

Apr 5, 2015

Organizers of this week’s TEDxRVA event are hoping for a packed house at Richmond’s CenterStage Carpenter Theatre Friday, April 10. The event features 22 speakers, all in less than an eight-hour day, exploring the rare and the extraordinary.

Ticket for the event are $50.  Get more information here.

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