Top 10 iQ Stories of 2016

The most popular articles published in the U.S. show that 2016 was the year of drones, new buzzwords, tech-fashion trends and women in technology.

Subscribers and casual readers of iQ by Intel made 2016 a standout year for the tech culture publication. A quick look at the 10 most read stories shows how fascination with technology is evolving to different aspects of daily life.

Last year, the most popular stories looked at a creepy, cool robotic spider dress by Anouk Wipprecht, social implications of wearable technology, the fusion of tablet with laptops, Mars exploration and the future of 5G wireless networks.

This year readers were most hungry for drones, knowledge about new technology terms, tech-fashion trends, women in technology and how 3D innovations are merging the digital with real world.

Here are the top 10 most popular iQ articles of 2016, according to SimpleReach:

1 – 100 Dancing Drones Set World Record

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If 2015 was the year consumer drones took off then 2016 is poised to be the year when curious and creative people use these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to push the limits of human imagination.

That’s what happened when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich asked marketing director of perceptual computing Anil Nanduri what he would do with 100 flying drones. He wanted Nanduri to find a way to push the boundaries and show people an exciting new way to experience the wonders of drone technology.

Nanduri put that challenge to a small group of artists and technology researchers at Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.

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2 – Drone Photography Opens New View on Vertical Adventure

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Andy Mann’s passion for daredevil climbing and multimedia storytelling is reaching new heights since he began using the Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense technology, a drone that can see.

Being stuck between a rock and hard place is when Andy Mann is at his best. For kicks, he climbs barehanded, wedging fingers and feet into nooks and crannies to scale some of sheerest cliffs Mother Nature has to offer. There are few things the 36-year-old rock climber, diver and arctic explorer likes more than defying gravity and even death…except capturing and creating visual stories about the thrill of these vertical conquests.

He seeks out remote summits with spectacular views, often only seen from the sky. Mann used to capture images from the ground or while clinging to a rock alongside other climbers, but his creativity was unleashed when he bought his first camera-equipped drone.

“Drones are a game changer for my line of work,” he said.

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3 – Could Your Next Uber be a Multicopter?

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The world’s first certified multicopter lifts off in Bruchsal, Germany, marking a new era for aerial transportation.

Just as smartphone technology sparked new ideas for urban transportation – like Lit Motor’s C1 two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle – drone technologies are pushing the future of personal travel to new heights.

The Volocopter VC200 made aircraft history on March 30 as the first certified multicopter to fly with a person onboard. Designed by German company e-volo, this electric aircraft gives people a glimpse into a future where, one day, ubers and taxis travel above street traffic to their next destination.

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4 – What the Tech? 12 Tech Terms to Know Now

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Unlock the mysteries of the “cloud” and “IOT,” learn the difference between augmented and virtual realities and find out what “Merged Reality” means. These simple definitions will help boost your tech intelligence.

The pace of technology innovation is quickening at a rate that’s making it almost impossible for modern language dictionaries to keep up. New words and tech terms are born at the speed of silicon photonics (see below). Some wilt and become meaningless buzzwords, but many evolve into useful lingo for understanding the Digital Age.

“Every year, new technology terminology comes along and boggles the minds of everyday consumers,” said Ben Wood, Research VP at CCS Insight. “While most people can tune out the language overload, some terms go on to become a big part of our vernacular. It’s worthwhile learning those if you want to keep on top of the latest tech trends.”

Here is a list of tech vocab racing from obscurity into reality. In the same way all language evolves, these definitions will evolve as their collective use and new technologies progress.

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5 – 3D Fashion Technology Brings Sci-Fi to the Runways

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An Eagle Borg costume made of leatherette and plastic turned fashion designer Monica Vaverová into a 3D printing pioneer in the Czech Republic.

Once she sashayed into the digital future, designer Monica Vaverová found herself on the precipice of a rising fashion-technology trend. After using a computer and 3D printer to bring her idea for an eagle cyborg costume to life, the designer was inspired. It unleashed her desire to incorporate technology deeper into her next sci-fi inspired designs.

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6 – Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

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In a time when mathematics was “a man’s work,” Ada Lovelace was trained in aristocratic graces but pursued her passion for what later became computer science.

Many girls growing up in the aristocracy of Victorian-era London fantasized about dancing in elaborate ballrooms and marrying a favorable match. Ada Lovelace dreamed of building a flying machine.

She scoured periodicals for designs of new inventions, considering how a steam engine might power such a device, and studied the anatomy of birds to determine the proper proportion of wing length to body size to enable flight. Her design preceded Henson and Stringfellow’s patent for the aerial steam carriage by some 15 years.

She was only 12 at the time, but it was already clear that Lovelace would not stick to convention, eschewing science and mathematics, as women of her time were expected to do.

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7 – The Woman Behind Burning Man Tech

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The otherworldly celebration of art, music and self-expression is powered by a serious technology backbone built and managed by a woman who knows how to keep the massive event running smoothly through extreme desert conditions.

Twenty years ago, Heather Gallagher traded in her corporate suit for dreadlocks. She brought her technology background to Burning Man, an annual week-long gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, and hasn’t looked back.

Late every summer, tens of thousands of people gather in the remote northwest corner of Nevada for an annual week-long bacchanalia of art, music and “radical self-expression.”

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8 – Fashion Metamorphosis: Meet the Butterfly Dress

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Turkish design duo creates a dress that literally flies in the face of any fashion you’ve seen before.

Armed with glue guns in a brightly lit studio in Istanbul, two sisters wrestle with a mound of blue feathers. Before them, a headless mannequin wears a sleek silver dress, adorned with feathers and dozens of blue fabric butterflies. The feathers are falling off, and the women carefully glue them on while fastidiously winding up the butterflies, preparing them for flight.

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9 – One Giant Step for Womankind

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For the first time ever, half of NASA’s astronaut grads are women, and they’re preparing to go where no man has gone before: Mars.

Between the documentaries and movies chronicling the brave men who first ventured into space and the grainy footage of Neil Armstrong taking mankind’s first step on the moon, there are far too many scenes of women waiting at home, eyes glued to TV screens with phones close at hand, waiting for news of their husbands’ fates in the great void.

Today, however, 50 percent of NASA’s latest astronaut class is female. It’s clear that women have earned a seat in the rocket, and one of them could very well be the first person to set foot on Mars.

NASA newest grads weren’t picked because of their gender. They beat out 6,100 applicants because they were the best people for the job.

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10 – Artist Uses 3D Facial Projection Technology to Create Digital Skin

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Using computer graphics and facial projection and tracking technology, Nobumichi Asai creates a new art form of facial tattoos, where digital makeup transforms a human face into a masterpiece of computer graphics.

Makeup has the transformative ability to make a face beautiful, alluring, sexy, clownish or creepy. As the art of makeup moves into the digital age, it won’t be long before people can use 3D facial projection technology to paint faces with anything from tiger stripes and leathery snakeskin, to exploding waterfalls and erupting bouquets of flowers.

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