Your phone will soon be your new doctor

Soon, your phone will know more about your health history and fitness goals than your doctor does. And according RunKeeper founder Jason Jacobs, when this plays out at scale, it will change the dynamic between you, your doctor and the traditional healthcare system.

Qualcomm wants your help in building a diagnostic tricorder

Better sensors could change the way consumers diagnose and monitor their physical ailments. So maybe your smartphone becomes an EKG monitor, or perhaps you buy a device that measures 5 vital signs at once as opposed to a digital thermometer. We learn more in this video.

How your smartphone could one day predict the weather

Nokia EVP Michael Halbherr thinks that the next set of sensors in our smartphones will track humidity and pressure, which will used to generate more accurate crowdsourced weather forecasts. He believes as our devices become more sophisticated, they’ll be increasingly enlisted to serve the public good.

Intel’s city of the future: sensors everywhere

Intel is betting that sensors will play a greater role in the city of the future to help manage and use resources, from water and power to communication and transportation systems, much more efficiently.

Microsoft software plus Kinect equals robotic butler

Microsoft made it easier to create robots on Thursday by launching the final release of its Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4, which moves out of beta status. Using the Xbox Kinect accessory, the free software can power moving robots that can “see” and understand their surroundings.

Thin Film and the creation of the stupid web

Thin Film, a company that prints memory and logic circuits onto plastic films, has signed partnerships with three companies to create a cheap, disposable temperature sensor. The resulting product could be the start of the stupid web and an initial step to the Internet of Things.

Take a look at IBM’s 5 innovations for the next 5 years

Every year, IBM comes up with a list of five innovations it believes will become popular within the next five years. For 2011, it has come up with the following technologies it thinks will gain traction. I also look back at some of its previous predictions.

DARPA-backed start-up builds iPhone sized X-Ray machines

Tribogenics, which spun out of DARPA-backed physics project at UCLA, announced today it has raised $2.5 million from Flywheel Ventures and other angels to build X-Ray machines the size of thick iPhones. The company is using a new technology to create X-Rays from static electricity.

Hey Google, have you seen the LEGO Street View robot?

For those who ever wanted their own Street View car, similar to Google’s camera on wheels used to capture images for Google Maps, there’s now a small robotic version made out of LEGOs. It’s another example of the growing opportunities that connectivity and sensors bring us.

Make way for more brain-based chips

What happens when you place the equivalent of 1024 neurons in parallel on a chip? Well, you get a new form of computing for cloud computing and sensor networks as well as toys that can recognize cue cards, better artificial intelligence and pattern recognition.