Technology

Technology

UI-based competition brings ideas for technology reuse, recycling

CHAMPAIGN — Got an old 35-mm film camera stuffed in a drawer somewhere? Don't junk it just yet.

Some enterprising students have come up with a potential way to convert it to a digital camera.

Or turn a computer scanner into an inexpensive microscope that can diagnose skin cancer and other diseases.

Rich Warren: Lots of questions about 4-year-old HD TV

Cue Alan Cumming to introduce this PBS "Masterpiece" Mystery. While you're at it, send a cup of strong coffee to the Federal Trade Commission. This is one of the more unusual letters we've ever received from a reader, edited to fit:

"I bought a 32-inch Samsung high-definition LCD TV from Best Buy in 2008. The model number is LN32A330J1DXZA C.

Video-conferencing firm Nuvixa changes name to Personify

CHAMPAIGN — Nuvixa, a start-up company at the University of Illinois, has changed its name to Personify.

The company, formed in 2009, provides technology that allows people making presentations to put live images of themselves into the content. The technology can be used in video calls and online meetings, such as Web conferences.

Freeport-based company acquires Champaign engineering firm

CHAMPAIGN — Sodemann and Associates, an engineering firm in Champaign since 1955, has been acquired by Freeport-based Fehr Graham, the companies announced today.

Fehr Graham, founded in 1973 by Allen Fehr and Joseph Graham, in the last year had more than 90 professionals working in five offices in Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

A Life Remembered: Microbiologist Woese was unconventional thinker

URBANA — Carl Woese thought about things a lot.

And when a question or problem drew his attention, he would ponder it not for weeks or months, but for years.

Champaign students delve into computer programming

CHAMPAIGN — One Friday in December, sixth-graders in Jessica Pitcher's science tech class at Jefferson Middle School waited, antsy, while she took attendance and made announcements.

By the time she said the word, most were heading to computer work stations to open software called EToys, which is actually an environment for computer programming.

Illini Farm Toy Show set to begin Friday in Urbana

URBANA — An annual farm toy show sponsored by young farmers in the area will be held next week.

Rich Warren: A look into the future of electronics

Behold the annual ritual powering up of the crystal ball, which now is flexible.

Thanks to Corning's new Willow Glass, future electronic products slim down while gaining flexibility.

No local creditors among largest claims against THQ

CHAMPAIGN — The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by video game studio Volition Inc. and its parent company, THQ Inc., show dozens of local creditors — but none among THQ's 40 largest unsecured claims.

Invenergy's new wind farm up, running and generating

The big turbines are now turning in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

After months of construction, Chicago-based Invenergy announced on Wednesday that the California Ridge Wind Farm is up and running. The project saw around 30 turbines placed in northeastern Champaign County and 104 more in Vermilion County.