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Automation Alley’s Technology Industry Outlook, held Feb. 12 at the Colony Club in Detroit, attracted hundreds of Southeast Michigan’s tech industry professionals for a presentation of the technology business association’s annual Technology Industry Report. According to this year’s report, the tech economy of Southeast Michigan remains competitive with other leading tech hubs across the nation, with job creation expected to trend upward in the coming years.
In the future, contact lenses will do more than correct your vision or turn brown eyes blue. So-called “smart lenses” are being developed that can give the wearer night vision without wearing bulky headgear; detect blood glucose levels; or automatically dispense eye medications. The Swiss company Sensimed makes a contact lens that can monitor the pressure inside the eyes of people with glaucoma, but it’s not yet available in the United States outside of clinical trials.
When information technology company Detroit IT faced losing one of its technicians, the business pulled a solution out of its technology bag of tricks to keep its team intact. The Troy, MI-based IT service, consulting and cloud solutions firm helps companies by setting up and hosting cloud computing and networks, implementing security measures, managing mobile devices, enabling voice over Internet phones and service (help) desk functions.
When Dug Song caught Jon Oberheide hacking his company’s computer network, he didn’t call law enforcement. Quite the opposite: In the interest of better cybersecurity, he offered the young hacker an internship at his company, Arbor Networks.
Jim VanderMey is the Chief Innovation Officer for Open Systems Technologies (OST), providing technical leadership and product strategic planning for the organization and its clients. “OST has the ability to help our customers think about coupling analytics, mobile application development and the Internet of Things.
What’s a road-trip without some special treats to ease the backseat boredom? Fortunately for travelers, Michigan has no shortage of sweet stops, from familiar chocolate-rich spots like Sanders and Kilwins to the many Mackinac Island fudge shops and ice cream parlors that dot the state.
With winter weather arriving well ahead of schedule this season and the holidays but a distant memory, cabin fever has likely set in. To help combat the winter doldrums, here’s a selection of cold-weather entertainment ideas — some close to home and others throughout the state.
Those who suffer debilitating migraines, cluster headaches or other chronic facial pain may soon have a new method of relief, thanks to Autonomic Technologies, Inc., a medical device company in Redwood City, CA. The company has created a patient-powered tool, currently under clinical investigation, designed to block signals from the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a facial nerve bundle located on either side of the nose. Researchers believe the SPG is associated with severe headaches.
Daniel Floyd was born with a speech disorder that made it difficult for him to enunciate certain words and sounds. This challenge led the Western Michigan University sophomore to design SpeechMasterPro, a device that assists individuals with speech impediments, as well as others who want to improve articulation and enunciation.
Automation Alley’s 2015 Technology Industry Report reveals Metro Detroit’s tech economy remains strong, growth trending upward. Southeast Michigan remains competitive as one of the nation’s leading high-tech hubs, and job creation in the region is trending upward for the coming years, according to Automation Alley’s recently released Technology Industry Report.
There are many explanations for America’s continued leadership in innovation and ingenuity, but one good example is the Soap Box Derby. Beginning in 1934, several generations of fathers worked with their sons — only boys were allowed to enter until 1971 — on designing and building a vehicle propelled solely by gravity.
We’ve come a long way from the 1600s when ladies of privilege sat for hours while personal maids adorned elaborate, tower-like hairstyles with flowers and jewels. Thankfully, French hairdresser and inventor Alexandre Ferdinand Godefroy simplified the primping process when he patented the first hair dryer in 1888.
It may sound too good to be true, but students in an associate’s degree program at Oakland Community College go to school for free (and even receive a stipend), get a paid apprenticeship to hone their newly learned skills while in the program and have a guaranteed position waiting for them at a local company when they graduate.