Author Archives: Leah VanSyckel

Three Battery Innovations to Follow in 2018

Batteries have an odd reputation. Some of them are famous for exploding. Consumers often associate them with little, tough pink bunnies. You can even find curated lists of battery memes. Nonetheless, batteries are a serious business. Since the clean energy pop of the early 2000s, battery research has been a priority for technology and structural […]

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What is Dark Data? The Upside Down of the Data Revolution

Even the most superficial of astronomers and astrophysicists has heard the term “dark matter” when referring to outer space. A form of mass, it comprises 80% of the universe, but paradoxically, humans cannot directly observe it. It is the “apps running in the background” of astrophysics: it explains and causes a lot to happen, but […]

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What’s your reality? AR vs VR vs MR

Despite the drama of Virtual Reality’s potential, as seen in the The Matrix, few people still understand what it is or how it could change everything we do. So what is virtual reality? Does it have anything to do with augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)? Is it good for anything other than gaming […]

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Oh Tannenbaum: A Forestry Friday for Christmas Trees

Celebrators of Christmas argue about their traditions: white lights versus colored lights; angel versus star topper and wrapped versus bagged presents. However, almost everyone agrees: Christmas trees, real or fake, are a big deal. The subject of songs, books and movies, Christmas trees take the spotlight this Forestry Friday. Christmas Tree Market In the United […]

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Smart Trust: The Rise of Blockchain in Edge Computing, Part III

Earlier in this series, we introduced blockchain and covered the basics of how it works. For our final installment, we’ll give an example as an refresher and then discuss blockchain’s potential for edge computing in manufacturing. We summarized blockchain as a secure, trustworthy recordkeeping process that makes the keepers safe too, as opposed to a […]

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Smart Trust: The Rise of Blockchain in Edge Computing, Part II

In part I of this series, we introduced blockchain as a potential answer to the questions of data security in the current trust economy. We summarized blockchain as a secure, trustworthy record-keeping process that makes the keepers safe too, as opposed to a system of trusted keepers who secure the process. It is sometimes referred […]

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@Sealevel: Thankful Thursday: Meals on Wheels

While our products may be used across the nation and world (even outer space), we humbly acknowledge the importance of our local framework. We hope to express our deep appreciation through a “month of giving” to Liberty, Pickens and Greenville area organizations. This month, we are sponsoring five organizations particularly in need for the fall/winter […]

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Smart Trust: The Rise of Blockchain in Edge Computing, Part I

The new Amazon Key wants to kill traditional package delivery. Their drivers access your home with a special key and place your package inside. Compatible with Alexa and cloud-based, Key expands the Amazon IoT home system. Many people are saying “no, thanks” to this announcement. Vulnerabilities – physical access to the home by a stranger […]

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Edge Computing: Optimizing IoT Networks for Speed and Automation

Looking over a canyon rim, turning a sharp curve, and approaching an unknown frontier: the edge of a moment provokes thought and discovery. New “edge” devices in IIoT and IoT systems stimulate operations the same way. When computational system intelligence first began, power centralized in a single device that collected, stored and processed information. When […]

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Not Monk-y Business: Brewing Up IIoT Solutions

Some Sealevel team members were talking about IIoT applications. Cold chain monitoring, wastewater management, agriculture and liquid manufacturing, to name a few, offer data-rich operations perfect for the technology. This talk led to discussion about another production process that offers a similar potential for big data harnessing and narrative analytics. Brewing. That’s right: beer. Whether […]

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