Automatic braking long a priority for trains, but costs are daunting
The system requires installing electronics in trains that communicate wirelessly with signals and stations along the tracks for updates on speed limits or other warnings. The equipment has to be synchronized with existing signals, switches and sensors....
May 15, 2015
Amtrak CEO vows to put safety technology into operation
Amtrak's positive train control system relies on transponders, while most other railroads are installing systems that use GPS and wireless technology. The systems automatically slow or stop trains if they are traveling too fast, about to collide with ...
June 2, 2015
Madison municipal Internet projects fall behind due to mayoral election ...
Alongside the shift in committee makeup and the delays, Soglin has come out even more strongly in support of pursuing a citywide fiber network over a more short-term network involving LTE or wireless technology. “At this point I'm more convinced than ...
May 23, 2015
All in a Day's Play
She's wearing a wireless headset that reads EEG activity; as the activity changes, so does an abstract image on a screen at the front of the room. When two students try, one fails outright while the other barely makes the colors shift. In this ...
April 21, 2015
Ultimate Assisted-Driving Machine: BMW unveils gesture-recognizing, self ...
As with the the first iDrive BMW in 2001, there is so much new technology to present, so much Kool-Aid to drink, that BMW splits the announcement into a global unveiling of the car and its specifications this week, hands-on test drives later in the ...
June 10, 2015
Bob Van Enkenvoort: Where there are hobbies, businesses emerge
Wikipedia defines amateur radio, or ham radio, as “the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication.” The number ...
April 19, 2015
There's just one weird thing about Elon Musk's 'range anxiety' tweet
It also confronts wannabe buyers of electric vehicles who know they can refuel a gas-powered car in about five minutes at a vast network of filling stations and get another 300 miles of range. Why get an electric vehicle when you have that level of ...
March 16, 2015
An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress... His voice breaking, Boardman said equipping trains with positive train control, a technology that can prevent trains from derailing because of excessive speed, is the "single greatest contribution my generation of railroaders can make. Amtrak had already installed the technology on tracks it owns in the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, but it wasn't in operation when Amtrak Northeast Regional train 188 entered a curve in Philadelphia at 106 mph. Congress mandated in 2008 that Amtrak, commuter railroads and freight railroads install the technology by the end of this year. Amtrak still has to do extensive testing of the system, but will meet the deadline, Boardman said. Amtrak's positive train control system relies on transponders, while most other railroads are installing systems that use GPS and wireless technology. The systems automatically slow or stop trains if they are traveling too fast, about to collide with another train, disobey signals or enter an area where crews are working.
In a conference room in MIT’s Media Lab, Grace Leslie is closing her eyes, breathing deeply, and using her brain waves to paint. She’s wearing a wireless headset that reads EEG activity. as the activity changes, so does an abstract image on a screen at the front of the room. Brain painting isn’t as easy as Leslie, a postdoc in the Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group, makes it look. When two students try, one fails outright while the other barely makes the colors shift. But then, everyone who signed up to take Leslie’s Brain Hacks class was looking for a challenge. In this crash course on brain-computer interfaces, held during this year’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), her students have two weeks to design and build a system that’s driven by the brain’s electrical activity. Building a cranially connected computer program in a fortnight is ambitious, but it’s par for the course during IAP, the monthlong mini-semester that lets students, faculty, alumni, and staff explore new ideas or pursue their passions. On most IAP days, participants can choose from 70 to 90 classes and activities, spanning the scholarly, the practical, and the esoteric.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series uber-premium sedan takes technology beyond the cutting edge. Life at the top can be short, especially since Audi, Lexus, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche all have access to much the same third-party driver-assist technology. When it ships this fall, the BMW 7 Series becomes a checklist for what is possible at the high-end of the automotive spectrum. The technology will trickle down to the mainstream, just as airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control did a generation ago. As with the the first iDrive BMW in 2001, there is so much new technology to present, so much Kool-Aid to drink, that BMW splits the announcement into a global unveiling of the car and its specifications this week, hands-on test drives later in... Here’s a tour of the new 7 Series as BMW unveiled it at BMW Welt, the customer center and showplace near its headquarters. Jaw-dropping driver assistance in 2 parts BMW is taking driver assistance and automation another half-step, making it possible for a driver to let the car drive on interstates so long as he or she still has a hand lightly on the wheel. Not that any normal person cross-shops a $100,000 7 Series and a $35,000 Nissan Maxima, but the 2016 Maxima hits you up for just $1,000 for.
Homeless man charged with sexual assaulting girl in La Crosse
LA ... the color of the victim’s hair. John admitting camping with the girl, but said they had no sexual contact. He is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under 16 by use or threat of force or violence. John’s first La Crosse County ...
Freedom Honor Flight takes 15th trip
Freedom Honor Flight takes the vets on a one-day trip from La Crosse to Washington ... The veterans will be welcomed home late Saturday night at a ceremony featuring a color guard and patriotic music by the Onalaska High School Marching Band.
May 2, 2015
Quincy stations back on DirecTV after brief blackout; Dish renews Weather Channel
Of course, Quincy has a different viewpoint on how the matter unfolded, with the station management for WX0W-TV in La Crosse, Wis ... indie programmer The Weather Channel carved out a long-term carriage agreement with Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH), which ...
April 22, 2015
Teardown: Wireless weather sensor transmitters
Last time, I disassembled La Crosse Technology's ... company's WS-811561-W temperature station (plus atomic time/date) receiver (which had been my prior teardown victim). In both writeups, I mentioned that I had two other wireless weather sensor ...
February 13, 2015
Excellent fall colors expected this year
LA CROSSE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) A cool summer, plus lots of moisture, could equal a splashier fall color season in Wisconsin. U-W La Crosse biology professor Tim Gerber is optimistic. He said there's plenty of moisture in western Wisconsin, so trees are ...
September 16, 2014
A burst of color runs through La Crosse
The Color Run is a national event taking place in six different cities in Wisconsin alone. The La Crosse event helped raise money for the Children's Museum, which had 200 volunteers helping Saturday. It's called The Color Run, but it's not just for racers.
September 14, 2014
Angie's List - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) Improving your home's curb appeal is a smart investment according to Angie's List. That change, they say, can help reduce energy bills and increase your home's value.It's one of the first things people notice when they approach ...
May 27, 2014