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Posted on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 5:41 p.m.

Five fascinating technologies coming out of Washtenaw County

By Ben Freed

A story from Concentrate Media takes a look at five of the most interesting inventions and innovations happening right now in the Ann Arbor area.


UMTRI's connected vehicles project is now in its fourth month.

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The list ranges from developments in connected-car technology at the University of Michigan to a scientist making his own radio telescope with scrape electronics.

The Traffic Research Institute at U-M won the 2012 Deals of the Year research award for leading the connected-car study funded by the US Department of Transportation that is attempting to create a system where cars interact with other vehicles as well as stoplights and other traffic infrastructure.

Another technology highlighted on the list was hatched by two students and incubated at the university’s TechArb accelerator on East Liberty Street. The TurtleCell phone case keeps headphones untangled and easily accessible and its creators are planning to launch a KickStarter campaign next year.

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Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 11:36 a.m.

Smart car technology might just make Ann Arbor the next Silicon Valley of the great white North - Slipperycon Valley. Here is why - Think about how much Google is worth because of its collected user information being fed to commerce (ads). Combine that with the value of Apple and other internet hardware manufacturing. Add in the golden grins of Homeland Security, the DEA, the FBI, and the NSA (building a massive facility in Utah capable of scanning every US e-conversation). And Mosad, of course. The CIA only operates overseas. Complete the money picture with new fad e-mobile sales, automated "instant traffic tickets", insurance rate adjustment, mandatory crime and accident GPS witness duty, as well as consumer and worker location tracking and you will soon understand what this buzz is all about - it has nothing to do with physically preventing accidents - that is too risky. But you are not supposed to know that yet.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 2:18 a.m.

Oh boy....there has to be someone doing some proofreading...not to mention whole relevant stories that actually give some information about a topic. What the heck are they teaching in journalism classes nowadays?

Ben Freed

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

Funny you should ask justcurious, In journalism classes they teach us not to plagiarize, that's why we take interesting stories from other local websites, give you a taste, and then provide you with a link to see the whole story for yourself. I encourage you to go back and look at some of my reporting on the local tech scene to see whole relevant stories that give information about topcis. There are plenty of them, I promise you. As for the headline, that was a typo on my part that slipped through. I will try to make sure I cut down on those occurrences, but we're all human. Best, Ben

Sarah Rigg

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 1:28 p.m.

There's no reason to duplicate coverage if someone else local has already done a full story on it and you don't have any new information to add. Thus is linking to full coverage elsewhere and alerting their readers to it. That's done in a lot of online media outlets, not just at

An Arborigine

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 1:56 a.m.

This coverage is brief, was this a treatment or outline of an actual story?

Cindy Heflin

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 12:47 p.m.

Arborigine: This is an aggregation meant to point readers to the full article in Concentrate. I've made the link to the original article a bit more prominent to help make that clearer.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 12:12 a.m.

Headline should read coming out OF Washtenaw County. Unless technologies are coming out. Then this is the county to do it

Cindy Heflin

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 12:45 p.m.

The headline has been corrected.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 12:12 p.m.

I had the same thought...they must be referring to some type of LGBT technologies.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 1:15 a.m.