Space-grade technology... in the palm of your hand

What does your phone have in common with planes, trains, automobiles, and space stations? If it's a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, plenty.

When you pick up a BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10 phone, you are tapping into OS technology like no other. Technology that hospitals use to defeat cancer. Technology that power plants use to create energy. Technology that skyscrapers use to save energy. Technology that movie studios use to create mind-blowing special effects. And technology that calls for help if your car gets into an accident. In short, technology that makes a difference in my life, your life, everyone's life.

But enough from me. Especially when the video says it so much better...


Solar Impulse plane launches cross-America trek — with QNX on board

It isn't always easy being green. But it can be really cool. Case in point: the Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a one-of-a-kind airplane powered only by the sun. Earlier this morning, the HB-SIA took off from an airfield in Mountain View, California, to start the first leg of its journey across America.

QNX is the official (and mighty proud) realtime OS partner for the Solar Impulse project. For more on the project and its goal of promoting green energy, see my previous posts and the Solar Impulse website.

Meanwhile, here is footage of this morning's take-off, courtesy of CNET: