A Supersonic Hair Dryer Blasts Ice and Snow Off Train Tracks

To ensure a locomotive pulling a heavy load has enough grip when a winter’s blast covers the tracks in ice and snow, engineers at GE’s transportation division have spent the last five years perfecting what can be described as a supersonic hair dryer that blasts tracks clean just inches in front of a train’s front… » 4/29/15 12:20pm 4/29/15 12:20pm

My Wink Smart Home Is Just Plain Braindead Now

I recently took my first vacation in two years. It was fun! But I was excited to get home, raise my shades and relax in the finicky but sort of useful smart home I’d spent the past few months building. When I walked in the door, all of the automation was gone. The light on my Wink hub was yellow. This was not fun. » 4/28/15 10:00am 4/28/15 10:00am

GE's New Sensor Turns Induction Cooktops Into Compact Sous Vide Machines

Revived sometime in the mid-1960s, sous vide is a method of evenly cooking food using an airtight vacuum-sealed plastic bag submerged in a temperature-controlled water bath, and it's become increasingly popular for home use in recent years. But instead of requiring yet another appliance that occupies precious kitchen… » 1/20/15 12:00pm 1/20/15 12:00pm

Cree's Cheap New Smart Bulb Is a Long-Lasting LED Dream

Cree's always impressed us with good-looking LED lightbulbs at wonderfully affordable prices. Now, the North Carolina company is raising the stakes with a new connected bulb that's not only dimmable and programmable; it also lasts for 25,000 hours, just like its less-smart sibling. The best part? It's still a bargain. » 1/15/15 9:00am 1/15/15 9:00am

GE's New Fridge Has a Keurig Coffee Machine Built Right Into the Door

You can complain about the quality of the coffee they produce all you want, but now that those pod-based Keurig hot beverage machines come built right in to GE's new Café French Door refrigerator, they aren't going to disappear anytime soon. And if you think the Keurig machine is the greatest thing since sliced bread,… » 1/14/15 10:56am 1/14/15 10:56am

These "Christmas Trees" Sit on the Bottom of the Ocean

There's a veritable gold rush going on beneath the world's oceans as nations and multinational corporations alike vie to discover and exploit a wealth of minerals and energy trapped within. Off the coast of Western Australia, for example, General Electric has tapped into a massive reserve of oil and natural gas,… » 12/26/14 2:00pm 12/26/14 2:00pm

The Very American History of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That's not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that's easily overlooked. America doesn't just make things. America makes things spectacular. » 12/24/14 10:01am 12/24/14 10:01am

GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack and Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they're slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer,… » 9/22/14 12:21pm 9/22/14 12:21pm

DJ Matthew Dear Sampled Thousands of GE Machines to Make This Banger

DJ Matthew Dear teamed up with General Electric acoustics engineer Andrew Gorton to sample the tones created by the churn of "thousands" of different GE machines, from turbines to medical equipment. The sounds were then chopped up and reassembled into "Drop Science," a frantic, meticulous music experiment. » 8/26/14 10:32am 8/26/14 10:32am

This Electron Gun Turns Titanium Powder Into Turbine Blades For Planes

Titanium aluminide is a 3D-printable metal compound that holds great promise for lighter, stronger aircraft turbines but is notoriously difficult to work. That is, it was notoriously difficult to work with, until additive manufacturing firm Avio developed this metal-melting 3 kW electron gun. » 8/18/14 11:55am 8/18/14 11:55am

The World's Largest LED Hydroponic Farm Used to Be a Sony Factory

As climate change begins posing new challenges to conventional outdoor food production methods, hydroponic farming has made quick gains in popularity thanks to its space- and energy-saving design. This enormous indoor lettuce farm for example—the largest of its kind in the world—produces 10,000 heads a day in less… » 7/10/14 4:20pm 7/10/14 4:20pm