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Smell of success – Newbury Park firm

By   /  Monday, February 9th, 2009  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Smell of success – Newbury Park firm

Sorry, analytical chemists, but Electronic Sensor Technology wants you out of the picture. The Newbury Park-based company makes the zNose, a tool that uses gas chromatography to analyze vapors and fragrances much faster than conventional machines. Though the 13-employee firm has been around since 1995, it is making a new push to get easy-to-use devices Read More →



By   /  Thursday, November 13th, 2008  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Zhiing

    Jon Ziskind knows how big the world is, and he doesn’t want people to get lost. A former professional sailor, Ziskind traveled widely to compete in the America’s Cup, sailing’s most prestigious regatta. The sport relies heavily on Global Positioning System, or GPS, technology, so when Ziskind settled down, it made sense for Read More →


SLO firms make their pitch

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2008  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on SLO firms make their pitch

It wasn’t too long ago that Kevin Rice and Jesse Dundon were students at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. But Oct. 29, they found themselves in Pismo Beach, pitching WiHire, their tech start-up, to author and venture capitalist George Gilder. The chance came with Softec and the Economic Vitality Corp.’s first Tech Venture Read More →


Sticking to the code – Camp brings together regional programmers

By   /  Saturday, October 4th, 2008  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Sticking to the code – Camp brings together regional programmers

Robert Hope’s wallet is resting a little easier than it was this time last year. Hope, a systems architect at Bizbuysell and owner of San Luis Technology Consultants, is the founding force behind the Central Coast Code Camp, an all-volunteer effort to bring together programmers in the San Luis Obispo area for a weekend of Read More →


Making a comeback

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2008  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Making a comeback

Web 1.0 era gaming and graphics firm MetaTools is back on the South Coast. The man at the helm, John Wilczak, is the same, but he has remade the company, salvaging the name after it became free again. And the mission is new: Conquer Apple’s iPhone with a new iteration of MetaSquares, the puzzle game Read More →


Quick diagnosis delivery – Carpinteria firm

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2008  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Quick diagnosis delivery – Carpinteria firm

A cancer patient lies on the operating table having a tumor removed. The surgical team wants to know whether they’ve removed all the offending tissue, but only a lab test can tell. Those tests, read by a pathologist, involve what’s known as immunohistochemistry, or IHC, and usually take at least an hour and half to Read More →


Building Intelligence

By   /  Thursday, July 3rd, 2008  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Building Intelligence

From his computer in Santa Barbara, Ed Richards can find out how hard a single air conditioner works at data center in Washington state and how humid the air is inside a Walgreen’s store in Austin, Texas. He sees it in real time, updated every few seconds. “Not many people in that store,” Richards says Read More →