• The paper airplane is more than a piece of folded paper that glides and turns before hitting the ground--it’s a classic part of growing up. We all made them, some that worked well and others that tanked immediately after takeoff.

    They’re a low-tech fixture in a high-tech world, so when inventor and pilot Shai Goitein created a module that turns the classic paper airplane into a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone-controlled paper airplane, he risked stomping on nostalgia.

    But the PowerUp 3.0 is so simple to understand that instead of messing with a classic they’ve brought renewed interest to the paper airplane, and just in time before every kid gives up their notepads for an iPad.

    The beauty is in the integration of the technology. You fold the paper airplane the same way you always have, and the technology fits in to make it fly. It’s like making a new friend, you want someone who complements your life and makes it more enjoyable.

    The PowerUp 3.0 includes one of the durable carbon fiber

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  • High Five Someone… from 3,000 Miles Away

    What if you could reach out and high five someone from 3,000 miles away?

    You may be able to one day -- if the inFORM Dynamic Shape Display, an interactive imaging display, is brought to market.

    Created by the Tangible Media Group, part of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the inFORM allows a person to create 3D shapes with physical objects .

    According to Sean Follmer, a Ph.D candidate and research assistant with the Tangible Media Group, the team was inspired by the Pinscreen, the seemingly ubiquitous toy with which many of us have used to create hand shapes.

    Follmer said the team wanted to take the interactive experience into the digital sphere: “Instead of just displaying colors like you do on a traditional display, here we can display height.”

    The display accomplishes that dimensionality by capturing hand movements with a Microsoft Kinect sensor and translating them into data. A computer then interprets that data into physical movements by pins on the

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  • We have all seen high-speed police chases on TV. And statistics show that they’re as dangerous as they appear. 360 people are killed each year because of chases, according to a 2010 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Now, StarChase, a Virginia-based law enforcement technology company, wants to halt those risky pursuits with a device straight out of a James Bond movie.

    The company’s device is a launchable GPS tracker that is mounted onto the grill of a police car. When a suspect flees in a vehicle, an officer can fire a small sticky GPS tracker onto the suspect’s car.

    “Law enforcement uses this technology in situations where they have a high-risk vehicle,” said Trevor Fischbach, StarChase’s president. “That could be a stolen car, a car that has narcotics in it, it could be a DUI suspect.”

    The GPS module is coated with an adhesive and won’t fall off. The officer then tracks the suspect with mapping software without having to engage in a potentially dangerous

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