emerging technology
  • Concept image of Bexar County Texas BiblioTech bookless library

    Bookless library foreshadows next-gen students, learning technologies

    A Texas county's plans for a bookless library underscores the point that research, training and teaching methods must be redesigned for new technologies or learners will disconnect.

  • Virginia Tech Wu Feng with supercomputer HokieSpeed

    Air Force project could 'transform' supercomputing

    Virginia Tech team plans multidisciplinary approach to low-power computing in simulating tiny unmanned aircraft.

  • President Obama giving the 2013 State of the Union address

    The state of the union for 3D printing is strong

    If there were any doubts about the potential for this quirky, fascinating technology, its place in the president's State of the Union speech should erase them.

  • Visually impaired computer user

    Section 508 compliance doesn't get lost in the cloud

    The move to cloud services and mobile access hasn't changed agencies' focus on ensuring access for people with disabilities.

  • DARPA image of dissolving electronics

    Electronics that dissolve when not in use?

    DARPA wants to develop 'transient electronics' that will degrade into the environment when left behind on the battlefield.

  • Demo of Hybrid 4 Dimensional Augmented Reality at Virginia Tech

    Take a picture, and 4D app gives you the details

    Hybrid 4-Dimensional Augmented Reality, developed at Virginia Tech, can give responders situational awareness, detail what's inside a building or tell how something works.

  • Tape backup library

    Tape storage systems are down, but not out

    Agencies are moving more of their data to the cloud and considering disk systems for local storage, but tape isn't quite dead yet.

  • Image of Mona Lisa sent to moon via laser

    How NASA beamed Mona Lisa to the moon, one pixel at a time

    The space agency has been using its Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter to map the moon's surface, which made it a perfect platform to test out laser communications across space.

  • Screengrab from Army edition of Virtual Battlespace 2 game

    The military wants to step up its training game

    When recruits already know elaborate games like Far Cry 3, a five-year-old simulation like the Army’s Virtual Battlespace 2 doesn’t cut it.

  • White House response to Death Star petition on We the People website

    No Death Star, but a good use of technology anyway

    The failed attempt to successfully petition the White House to build a Death Star nevertheless highlights a worthwhile way to use technology to engage the public.

  • Gesture controlled computer

    Gesture control: Great innovation or Tower of Babel?

    Operating a computer with no-touch hand gestures is the hot new thing in user interfaces, but without standards we'll need to know a different "language" for every device.

  • Man looks quizzically at VHS tape

    Oklahoma jail's lesson: Don't get fooled by familiar tech

    Too many agencies stick with the tried, true and the outdated rather than upgrading to more efficient new technology.


    Are ultra high-res OLEDs finally ready for their close-up?

    The thin, flexible light screens with 4K resolution are four times sharper than LED or LCD monitors, but they could find limited use at first.

  • Abandoned trucks rusting in a ghost town

    A once mighty supercomputer to be dismantled, sold for parts

    New Mexico's Encanto, which five years ago was the third fastest machine in the world, is now practically on the scrap heap.

Topic Resources

  • Improve Agency Processes -- Focus Here First

    View this on-demand presentation to learn how agencies can use process improvement to put the U.S. Digital Services Playbook into action. Leading experts used real-world case studies to illustrate how Business Process Management (BPM) can help agencies save resources and meet customer expectations, regardless of location, device, or communication method.