Category: Technology

Makerspace Hosting Ladies’ Night on Tuesday

HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, is hosting its first social mixer for women with “Ladies in Tech Night.” The Tuesday night meetup is being organized by HiCapacity intern and UH engineering student Jessica Grazziotin, who was featured earlier this month for her presentation at the ‘IKE Student Symposium. “It’s just...

Developer Meetup to Highlight Manufacturers

Next week’s Wetware Wednesday mixer for software developers will introduce the local programmer community to Hawaii’s manufacturers. The HTDC says it hopes to “keep the collaborative juices flowing and meet up with another industry,” echoing last month’s “Foodware Wednesday” by renaming the August gathering “Hardware Wednesday.” Tbe upcoming meetup is cosponsored...

Report: Hawaii Loves Surfer, Rainbow, Pineapple Emoji

Smartphones are exacting revenge on cranky and crusty technologists who declared, in the ’90s, that “textspeak” signaled the death of the English language, and perhaps even the decline of western civilization. At least back then, when fliphones lacked keyboards and writing messages required convoluted button-mashing combinations like T9, you might...

Gallery: Drones Plus Opens Honolulu Store

Dispelling any doubt that drones have gone mainstream, Honolulu is now home to a brick-and-mortar retail and service shop dedicated to the flying machines. Drones Plus Hawaii, located across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center (1695 Kapiolani Blvd.), is one of nine Drones Plus stores in the U.S. and...

New Astronomy App Celebrates Keck Observatory

The W.M. Keck Observatory is the launching point for a new astronomy education app that helps stargazers explore the sky from its perspective at the 14,000-foot elevation of Hawaii Island. While much attention has been focused on a telescope that has yet to be built, Maunakea is already the home of the...

Solar Impulse Extends Island Stay

After days of deliberations and globe-spanning conversations, the Solar Impulse team announced at 1 a.m. Hawaii time this morning that it would be suspending its ambitious around-the-world flight until next spring. The news quickly spread across the world, from CNN to the BBC to Gizmodo. But seven hours earlier, my Hawaii...

Workshops Launched for Drone Racing

Flying a drone to take pretty pictures is nice and all, but it doesn’t take long before quadcopter pilots want to take things to the next level. Drone racing is the Formula 1 sport for geeks, eschewing the silky smooth stability of UAV-based photography and videography for high-speed, agile flying....

Public Invited to Tour “Technology Petting Zoo”

Not many companies in Hawaii have research labs where scientists experiment with novel tools and techniques in areas ranging from computer systems design to medical sensors to material science. I suspect only one company in Hawaii designates part of its research facilities the “Technology Petting Zoo.” Fortunately, that one company...

Gallery: 8th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet

A wonderful mix of creators, designers, thinkers, teachers and seekers turned out today for the Hawaii Geek Meet, despite an early storm threat and a less than stellar weather forecast (provided personally by Dan Cooke). This year, two dozen different groups were represented — some by one person with smiles and business...

Test Driving Apple’s New News App

Apple iOS users can now read this blog in the new Apple News app. Well, as soon as they can get the new Apple News app. The new Apple News app is part of the upcoming release of iOS 9, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Although it’s...

New Energy Storage Startup to Take Hawaii Homes Off-Grid

One of Hawaii’s top entrepreneurs chose Independence Day weekend to announce his latest big idea: helping island businesses and households to get off the grid by integrating state-of-the-art battery storage with solar photovoltaic energy systems. Henk Rogers built his fortune by flying to Russia to secure the rights to international...

Seventh Shakacon Showcases Security, Island Style

Hawaii’s home-grown security conference marks its seventh year on Wednesday, offering two days of speakers, presentations, and networking (the face-to-face kind), a little like world-famous Black Hat events, but with an island vibe. The Shakacon slogan is “Sun, Surf, & C Shells.” Sea shells. C shells. Get it? Shakacon is a...

Gallery: Aloha, Solar Impulse!

The Solar Impulse plane landed in Hawaii early this morning after four days and 22 hours in the air, solo pilot Andre Borschberg breaking the world record for the longest solo non-stop flight. But what made the journey more remarkable was that the trip was made without burning a single...

State Gets First Chief Innovation Officer

The man appointed by Gov. David Ige to upgrade the state’s technology infrastructure is apparently taking on a broader role, with a title change from Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. Nacapuy heads the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which was created in 2011 thanks to a $3 million grant from...

Sailboat, Solar Plane Converging on Hawaii

The fastest sailboat in the world is expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters tomorrow in its attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii trans-Pacific sailing record. This as the Solar Impulse plane is finally en route to Honolulu, after two aborted attempts. The Hydroptere was designed by a team led by prominent...

Global Ham Radio Event Starts Tomorrow

The biggest community outreach and emergency planning event among amateur radio operators is coming this weekend. Field Day is an educational and disaster preparedness exercise conducted by ham radio fans around the world. And in Honolulu, Field Day 2015 will run from tomorrow morning through Sunday morning at Kualoa Regional Park. It’s being jointly organized by...

Makers Mark Return of Wetware Wednesday

After taking a month off, the Wetware Wednesday networking mixer for software developers and system engineers returns this coming week. The featured presenters for June are the members of HiCapacity, a volunteer-run, member-funded makerspace and hackerspace. HiCapacity was founded in 2011. The gang moved out of Box Jelly in Kakaako last fall...

Geek Beat: Geeks in the Sun

Instead of our usual Wednesday morning visit to the Hawaii News Now studio, Burt and I joined the Sunrise morning crew today at their “On the Road” remote at Wet N’ Wild Hawaii. The theme of the day was summer fun, with segments on barbecues, sunscreen, and drones (which was summer...

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Apple Maps Vehicles to Roam Honolulu

Apple announced today that it will be “driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps,” and Honolulu will be one of the first fifteen U.S. cities targeted by the program. In fact, an Apple Maps van was spotted here in February, long before anyone...