Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:09 am
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Jessica Harris talks to Rodney Brooks, co-founder of Rethink, a company that makes robots for the manufacturing industry. In 1990 Dr. Brooks founded iRobot, which makes robots for the consumer and defense industries. Their first consumer product was the Roomba, the robot that vacuums for you.
Chris Genteel, Google's head of diversity markets, and other people from the Internet giant will join bankers, investors and federal officials at the Southeast Louisiana Small Business Conference thisÂ Thursday at the UNO Lindy Boggs International Conference Center.
Other speakers include Pellsom Lau, regional manager for the Small Business Administration's office of international trade, and Paul Satenstein, chief financial officer of The Online Incentives Exchange. Satenstein will talk about Louisiana's online exchange for state tax credits.
Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:46 pm
The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games.
The face of New Orleans business is changing. So is the face of New Orleans itself.
Peterâ€™s guests on Out to Lunch this week are the prime movers of both. Kenneth Purcellâ€™s iSeatz creates the software that runs online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, KLM, and Orbitz. Gary Solomon Jr.â€™s The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome.
Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 10:20 am
There are more ways than ever to watch TV programs on the Internet, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu. But many viewers discover that watching TV on the Web can be frustrating. Their favorite show might suddenly stop, stutter and be replaced by a note that reads "buffering." The problem is lack of bandwidth: The data that is the video just can't squeeze through the wires and onto the screen.
Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 5:57 pm
Though it's been around for three decades, 3-D printing has finally started to take off for manufacturing and even for regular consumers. It's being used for making airplane parts on demand and letting kids make their own toys. One designer is pushing the limits of 3-D printing by using it to make an acoustic guitar.
Inspiration is putting two things together that havenâ€™t been put together before. For example, making toothpaste out of chocolate. Or turning your cell phone into a 650,000-volt stun gun.
Arman Sadeghpour is co-founder and CEO of Theodent, the revolutionary toothpaste that turns chocolate into the dentistâ€™s friend, and Sean Simone is the co-founder of Yellow Jacket Case, the cell phone case thatâ€™s a stun gun.
Jefferson Parish has launched its redesigned government website.
The site,Â www.jeffparish.net, offers new, user-friendly interactive features, new online services and a design distinct to the parish.
Authorities say the homepage links visitors directly to real-time updates on area weather and traffic reports; provides live streaming video of JPTV, the parish government access channel; and a service request section which allows residents to report issues at any time of the day or night, such as street light outages.
Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 4:56 pm
Google's self-driving robotic cars have been on the roads in California for two years, but they have been operating in a legal limbo. These cars were not explicitly forbidden, but laws governing self-driving vehicles didn't exist.
New Orleans used to be a place you had to leave to have a decent business career. Now itâ€™s a place entrepreneurs move to.
This radical change in our landscape didnâ€™t just happen, it was engineered, in large part by The Idea Village. CEO Tim Williamson joins Peter for lunch, along with Matt Wisdom, co-founder of one of New Orleansâ€™ most successful next generation companies, Turbosquid.