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Using Eco-drone Sensors To Map Water Quality

Posted by on March 4, 2014 at 12:04 am

The recent Lake Merritt Bioblitz organized by Nerds For Nature was a huge success from several angles. Besides the amazing biodiversity that was observed and documented there, and the scores of kids and families digging in the mud flats and otherwise discovering the nature around them, a few of us Nerds For Nature demonstrated a brand-new method […]

New Sensor Hardware from the N4N Air Quality Nerds

Posted by on February 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm
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Reblogged from Nerds For Nature. When the EPA wants to know what’s going on with air pollution, they install a sophisticated sampling and analysis station that can cost upwards of a million bucks. Or they roll out one of their their high-tech air-sleuthing vans, crammed with more specialized mobile electronics than your typical Bond film. […]

N4N Takes Flight For Nature

Posted by on October 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Reposted from the Nerds For Nature Blog: [Don’t miss N4N Project Night on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Oakland] N4N Takes Flight For Nature A new Nerds For Nature working group is on the wing! Flight For Nature is bringing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle enthusiasts and remote imaging, GIS, videography, and other technology experts together with biologists, geologists, and […]

Actrino X2 In The Design Pipeline

Posted by on October 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The fact that this blog hasn’t been updated in a while is in part attributable to the fact that I’ve been busy updating everyone else’s blogs –I’m the cobbler whose children have no shoes. So just what is Ken up to these days? I’ve been busy, let me tell ya. I’ll play catch up with […]

Actrino Says “Hello World”

Posted by on February 8, 2013 at 2:56 am

If it looks like nothing’s been happening here on the KSF blog, it’s because we’ve been insanely busy inventing a brand-new twist on open source hardware.  On Thursday, Feb. 7, I presented Actrino proof-of-concept prototypes to the tech community for the first time at the SF Hardware Startup Meetup. The event was held at IDEO‘s […]

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery — healing without cuts – YouTube

Posted by on December 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm

  “Damn it Jim, I’m a doctor, not a butcher!” – Dr. McCoy of Star Trek  This new TEDtalk video demonstrates stunning abilities to heal with high-power focused ultrasound, in conjunction with high-accuracy 3D real-time feedback from MRI. Since a side-effect of the MR technique is a sensitivity to tissue temperature, the ultrasound beam can […]

“Ten Rules for Maker Businesses” by Wired’s Chris Anderson

Posted by on December 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

“Ten Rules for Maker Businesses” by Wired’s Chris Anderson — from Ponoko Blog Sage advice for future endeavors…

Amazing Stereo Tricks for Next-Gen Tablets And Cellphones

Posted by on December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Amazing Stereo Tricks for Next-Gen Tablets And Cellphones - by Don Tuite, Electronic Design. Here’s a clever application of psychoacoustics.  This application-specific DSP chip is configured to your particular speaker enclosure dimensions by straightforward PC-based software, thus automagically producing stunning high-definition audio from crummy little mobile device speakers. For more information on the LM4901, here’s the TI […]

BIOMEDevice San Jose 2011 – Trip Report

Posted by on December 8, 2011 at 1:53 am

- by Ken McGary, KSF Labs New international safety standards for medical equipment are on the way, namely revised IEC 60601 software validation and testing requirements, so Tuesday and Wednesday I attended the BIOMEDevice San Jose conference to get up to speed. Here’s a good background article on the new rules, which extend the concept […]