Ever wonder what happens when you press Send on a BlackBerry? Or how computer graphics went from pixellated Pac-Man to drop-dead gorgeous Lara Croft? Or indeed, how all those sophisticated gadgets we use every day actually work? We did, and decided to investigate — and it turns out making our techno-charged world work is a heck of a lot more complicated than anyone might think.
In past Tech 100 issues, Canadian Business has brought you the stories behind the latest and greatest in Canadian technologies — who designed them, who developed them, which ones might turn into good investment plays. We've reported on everything from a pressure-sensitive bionic limb to mutated bacteria that can break down toxic compounds in Earth's ecosystem.
This year, rather than bring you the stories behind the stuff, we investigated the stuff itself. We talked with the experts, pored over the diagrams and exposed the inner workings of Canada's funkiest new technologies.
And here's an interesting find: Canuck genius has been working hard in the service of fun. We've given the world a roller-coaster waterslide that goes up as fast as down; hyper-real graphics for computer games; a program-it-yourself universal remote control; a system of water-cooled stacking trays that keep lobsters fresh for exporting; and, go figure, a bar-top beer-cooling tower that ensure a sub-zero pour.
Good to know we have our priorities straight.
How does all this great stuff work? Read on…