Innovation Nation

3:41pm: Cell phone batteries take an hour to charge. StoreDot might have a solution. More
11:13am: Researchers are turning the data centers that power big tech companies into sources for reused energy. More
Apr 4: The company announced plans this week for new technology that it says could triple Wi-Fi speeds in homes, offices and on public networks. More
Mar 19: Wearable devices are tech's next big bet as smartphone and tablet sales decelerate. More
Mar 14: Police departments across the country are experimenting with body-mounted cameras. More
Mar 13: Spritz's app claims to help you read at 1,000 words per minute. But it may be at the cost of reading comprehension. More
Mar 12: Pono seeks to deliver high-resolution music. Think vinyl records in your pocket. It's a neat -- but niche -- idea. More
Mar 7: The world is finally paying close attention to Bitcoin. But does its creator matter more than the currency itself? No. More
Feb 21: It's reasonable to expect Apple to release wearables this year, but they may not be what you're expecting. More
Feb 20: WhatsApp founder Jan Koum was living on food stamps. He just sold his company to Facebook for $19 billion. More
Feb 20: WhatsApp's $19 billion price tag sent shock waves through the social network world, but it might be worth every penny. More
Feb 20: One of the world's most prominent Bitcoin exchanges is in turmoil, but for some savvy investors, the crisis offers what they believe is a license to print money. More
Feb 11: Virgin Galactic is set to offer commercial flights into space by the second half of 2014. More
Feb 5: Weight loss apps like Wello and Passion4Profession help you workout without a gym membership. More
Jan 2: Droid Translator is a new app that promises to translate your phone, text and video conversations into 29 different languages. More
Dec 12: Some startup founders are hiring lawyers at the outset to prevent billion dollar lawsuits. More
Dec 3: Amazon's CEO has drawn comparisons to the late, great Steve Jobs, but his style is truly his own More
Nov 27: The "SmartWig" is possibly the most bizarre wearable technology idea yet, with Sony explaining the device could be used to detect blood pressure and brain waves. More
Nov 27: Market analysts say this Nasdaq run-up is nothing like the tech bubble of 13 years ago. More
Nov 22: Technology companies are on a shopping spree in Israel, spending billions on ever larger deals and fueling the country's startup success story. More
Jun 10: Fertility specialist Dr. C. Terence Lee is a pioneer in the world of retail bitcoin transactions. A couple used the virtual currency to pay him for a frozen embryo transfer. More
May 31: The texture of their skin makes sharks almost immune to bacteria - a discovery that could open the door for human medical breakthroughs. More
Apr 23: A modern dance troupe is selling a novel product: The creative process. More
Dec 20: Fresh Paint, a complex finger-painting app that simulates oil on canvas, is Microsoft's best Windows 8 app. More
Dec 18: Like many of the high-profile projects it launched, Kickstarter is in some ways a victim of its own runaway success. More
Dec 11: Netflix says Google, Verizon FiOS and Comcast deliverer its streaming video service to customers the fastest. More
Dec 6: The metal band that famously sued Napster in 2000 is now a big fan of streaming service Spotify. More
Dec 3: A trio of MIT entrepreneurs who founded Sanergy have a novel plan for cleaning up sanitation-deprived global cities with Fresh Life toilets. More
Nov 30: Unmanned flying machines aren't just for tracking down bad guys anymore. More
Nov 27: Revenue chief Adam Bain helped make Twitter's bold advertising gamble a success. More
Nov 26: A small company that survived a biofuel boom-and-bust is poised to finally take off. More
Nov 19: The social TV space has been percolating for the past year or two, and its first big merger is here: startup GetGlue has been acquired by lesser known Viggle. More
Nov 7: Hurricane Sandy's New York City victims can get free housing through generous Airbnb hosts. More
Nov 6: Countries like Canada, Norway and Australia have adopted online voting for elections, but the battle rages on in the U.S. More
Nov 1: Anthony Wood turned Roku into a success. Now he may make the streaming-media devices his company is best known for obsolete. More
Oct 8: The same technology that powers the Kinect is slashing the price tag of high-end 3D scanning with Matterport. More
Sep 15: A new Kickstarter campaign promises to let us do everything from control our air conditioning, lock our doors, even get notifications when there's a leak in the basement from our smartphones. More
Aug 3: Proteus Digital Health created an ingestible sensor that monitors your medication intake. More
Aug 2: Startup Ubi has developed a software-and-Kinect combo that makes almost any surface interactive. More
Jul 25: Bodymetrics uses body-scanning technology to find the perfect jeans for any customer. More
May 22: A venture capitalist's quest to capture whale song gave rise to an innovative fleet of data-gathering robots. More
May 10: The Tupac Shakur hologram generated tons of buzz for Digital Domain Media Group, a company that's been creating visual effects for blockbuster movies for the last 20 years. More
Apr 19: A Utah startup is building an all-seeing motion-detection system that's poised to shake up the security market. More
Apr 4: A Boston-area startup connects artisans and shoppers through an online bazaar of one-of-a-kind items. More
Jan 26: The Xenex blasts light - literally - at life-threatening superbugs. More
Dec 29: Forest Whitaker's father-in-law is gaining fans among the mommy set with his new wheels-free baby walker. More
Dec 28: Angela Newnam, owner of Knock out! Smart Panties, used patented technology to create underwear that wicks away moisture and zaps odor. More
Dec 9: Sometimes one bright idea -- and a whole lot of work to implement it -- can reshape an entire market. More
Dec 6: Georgia Chopsticks, made in the Georgia town of Americus, are being exported to China as fast as they can make them. More
Nov 29: Codecademy's founders are looking to bring programming -- and the job skills it offers -- to the masses. More
Nov 9: A fast-growing small company is helping major retailers reinvent their shipping operations. More
Sep 23: It's the ultimate supply chain: Collect trash, compost it, and sell it back to the same businesses that threw it away. More
Sep 6: Most of the vendors trying to sell the Marines the latest in solar and fuel efficiency equipment are start-up firms. More
Aug 30: Airstream Innovations' inflatable, energy-saving greenhouse has a built-in breeze. More
Aug 11: A new wave of startups offers you an army of personal assistants. More
Aug 3: An engineering breakthrough could help energy-hogging data farms cut their power bills. More
Jul 18: Glori Energy says it can get 30% more crude out of a well by growing bacteria on the oil, but can they compete with the big boys? More
Jul 7: A Massachusetts entrepreneur's hardy, low-maintenance lawn helps keep you and your lawnmower off the grass. More
Jun 22: How three ex-Yahoo employees snagged $1.7 million to turn iPhone users into micro-contractors for large companies. More
Jun 16: The inventor of FireIce, a fire-suppressing gel, shows off its strength by torching his own hand. More
May 25: An accidentally invented peel-off polymer called DeconGel is helping with Japan's radioactive cleanup. More
May 16: A 25-year-old MIT dropout is trying for a digital dining revolution with E La Carte. More
Apr 29: Tired of circling the block? Streetline's sensors tell you when parking spaces are free and help cities conquer congestion. More
Apr 19: PixelOptics' high-tech lenses toggle between settings for distance vision and close-up reading More
Apr 14: Imagine an ad that stares back at you when you glance at it --crunching the data on your age, your face and who you're with. More
Apr 1: Animal, mineral or vehicle? Ford Motor Company's next supplier could be a fungus factory. More
Mar 22: Equipois' mechanical arms make heavy tools weightless -- an innovative leap forward that reduces industrial accidents. More
Mar 14: Foodspotting, one of SXSW's hit startups, wants to catalog all the best dishes in the world -- and where to find them. More
Feb 25: A cut-rate, simple and "coming soon" tablet took the Internet by storm - even though there's no evidence it actually exists. More
Feb 11: E-Fuel hooks drivers on homebrewed ethanol. More
Jan 24: A 3D food printer sounds like something out of Star Trek, but it's not out of this world. And in 5 years, it could be in your home. More
Dec 23: High-tech urban farming isn't just hip - it's profitable. More
Dec 8: An entrepreneur is taking on the scourge of deadly counterfeit drugs in the developing world. More
Nov 30: Willow Garage is betting millions on the future of personal robotics. More
Nov 9: A Colorado entrepreneur's quest to abolish hypodermics is taking hold in New Jersey, California and Brazil. More
Oct 25: Emily speeds to the rescue of distressed swimmers -- and turbocharges sales for the small company that created the robot. More
Oct 12: A scrappy startup is taking aim at PayPal from the behemoth's own backyard. More
Sep 14: Making a prototype? Silicon Valley's TechShop is the best garage you never had. More
Sep 10: Like Mint.com, a new website aims to take the pain out of accounting by making the data intuitive. More
Aug 18: How TapouT clothing dominates the toughest sport around. More
Aug 13: Runners have flocked to a new cult shoe brand -- and so have counterfeiters. More
Jul 23: Just Us Hens tends the flock when busy urbanites fly the coop. More
Jul 8: A wave of rural startups are fighting to keep outsourced labor inside U.S. borders. More
Jun 25: Pogoplug founder Daniel Putterman bootstrapped his way to a technology breakthrough. More
Jun 14: Need a cab in NYC? Sense Networks can predict where the next one will be. More
Jun 4: An Orlando entrepreneur is fighting hospital-borne infections with antimicrobial scrubs. More
May 28: Sports heroes, President Obama and half of Congress are among the advertisers taking advantage of a Colorado entrepreneur's new twist on telemarketing. More
May 20: Thread.com matches singles through shared Facebook friends. More
May 10: How do you diagnose a patient that weighs hundreds of tons and stretches more than a mile across? Meet Matech, the firm pioneering a super-sized electrocardiogram to reveal damage in aging bridges. More
Apr 22: Granny may have never touched a computer, but Linked Senior wants to get her in tune with the iPod generation. More
Apr 12: A San Diego entrepreneur's "edible walls" grow fruits and veggies vertically. More
Apr 5: A Massachusetts caviar company wants to eliminate toxins from the fish that you eat. Their solution? Go down the food chain. More
Mar 18: A San Diego entrepreneur is working to speed up the expanding online voting movement -- and tap a $16 billion market. More
Mar 8: Organizations ranging from the C.I.A. to Comedy Central have turned their walls into dry-erase brainstorming surfaces. More
Mar 2: When it comes to finding the right tunes for television shows, Jingle Punks is music to producers' ears. More
Feb 23: By scrapping the "call center" part of telephone customer service, Alpine Access cut costs and boosted satisfaction for both its workers and its clients. More
Feb 19: Need a yarn supplier in Vietnam? Panjiva can help. More
Feb 9: Three rival companies are battling for the hearts -- and wallets -- of on-the-go merchants who want to take credit card payments by smartphone. More
Feb 5: Why are customers still stuck waiting for repair people, with no idea when they'll show? This Cleveland firm wants to fix that. More
Jan 29: A 25-year-old power broker is on track for $2 million in sales from his ATMs for energy. More
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