Technology

Technology

Rich Warren: Ultra-high definition offers a richer experience

Generous Geoff Poor of Glen Poor's Audio-Video offers free admission to his theater in the Old Farm Shops at Kirby and Mattis avenues in Champaign.

This probably outrages the owners of the local cinemas. Poor currently showcases the new 84-inch LG Electronics model 84LM9600 4K television, also known as ultra-high definition.

Construction could start soon on Monticello fiber-optic project

MONTICELLO — The construction phase of the city's fiber optic project — which would make fast data speeds available locally — could begin in the next month, now that the four cooperating entities have approved the latest amendment to their intergovernmental agreement.

Business & Professional Briefs April 7, 2013

New jobs

Schaefer, Lewis receive promotions.Tony Schaefer and Kim Lewis have been promoted at First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana.

Schaefer is assistant vice president, residential/consumer loan officer. He joined the bank in 2003 and was most recently assistant vice president of operations.

Technology developed by Champaign firm enables live broadcasts

CHAMPAIGN — Pick a major live TV broadcast — the Super Bowl, the Oscars, the Grammys, the U.S. Open — and there's a good chance technology developed by Champaign-based Cobalt Digital helped make it possible.

Cobalt Digital, which recently moved into new quarters at 2506 Galen Drive, C, has been in Champaign-Urbana about 15 years.

Tornadoes' 'hook echo' discovered here 60 years ago

CHAMPAIGN — Since 1950, Illinois tornadoes have touched down in April more often than any other month, but only one of those was responsible for the first radar image of a "hook echo."

And it was right here in Champaign County.

UI Labs files for incorporation

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois idea factory envisioned for Chicago is one step closer to reality now that incorporation papers have been filed with the state.

Land Institute founder: 'Eco' state of mind needed

CHAMPAIGN — A leader in the sustainable agriculture movement warned University of Illinois students Thursday of the dangers of "technological fundamentalism" — thinking that society can solve all its problems through technology.

Wes Jackson, the 77-year-old founder of the Land Institute, said society needs to replace "the industrial mind" with an "ecological state of mind."

Rich Warren: Reader's email response was a cut above the norm

While this column ranges far and wide, this response to a recent column took me by surprise:

Students aim for 100 mpg

URBANA — It's quite an accomplishment to build a vehicle that can achieve 2,000 miles per gallon, but would your average driver want to drive that futuristic car down Green Street?

UI officially launches Blue Waters

URBANA — "Wouldn't it be great to be able to put the universe in a bottle and do experiments?" asked Thom Dunning as he stood before a group of mostly scientists and politicians at the University of Illinois on Thursday afternoon.