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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: This 360-Degree Treadmill Will Make Your Virtual Reality Experience More Immersive

February 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Virtual reality is booming, from the high-tech Oculus Rift to the easy-to-use Google Cardboard, and there are various headsets and accessories hitting the market. The latest addition is Virtuix Omni, a 360-degree treadmill that allows user to run in virtual reality, making the experience that much more immersive. The Omni...

Video: How to Turn Your Regular Watch Into a Smartwatch

February 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to try on a high-tech smartwatch but not ready to give up your favorite Swatch or Timex? The Hot Band is here. This small company (funded through Kickstarter) has created a small strap that attaches to your watch's band and holds smart fobs that can turn any timepiece into...

Inside NASA's Isolation Chamber

February 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many work long hours at NASA's Johnson Space Center, there are a few who practically live there. A few brave souls are working and living 24/7 in the Human Exploration Research Analog habitat to help NASA researchers understand how astronauts would react physically and emotionally during a long-term mission...

Drones 101: What You Need to Know

February 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Interested in flying your own drone? There are a few things you should know before taking to the skies. Whether you're going to compete in a drone-racing championship, battle to the death during a drone-cage fight, or simply take a few photographs of the landscape, there are some basic rules...

Video: These Simple Mistakes Could Cost You Your Gadgets

February 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Buying a new charger for your smartphone or laptop? Be careful from where you buy it. Recently, a Google engineer found out the hard way when an incorrectly wired type-C USB cable completely fried his device. Make sure to buy from reputable brands and double-check reviews. Faulty USB cables may...

Video: This NASA Scientist Tracks the Dangerous Asteroids in Earth's Orbit

February 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although it's been the subject of several Hollywood blockbusters, an asteroid colliding with Earth and causing mass devastation is a very real possibility. Marina Brozovic, a physicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hopes to prevent that from happening. Brozovic and her team are essentially in charge of the "flight control...

Video: A Look at the Impressive Tech Inside Super Bowl 50

February 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year's Super Bowl will embrace its Silicon Valley setting. San Francisco's Levi's Stadium boasts 400 miles of cables, 700 security cameras and Wi-Fi boxes placed every 100 seats to ensure all 70,000 attendees will be able to connect with their smartphones. On the sidelines, the teams have all been...

Video: How Tracking Technology and Deep Data Are Transforming Football

February 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data is coming to the NFL. Football teams have found a new way to quantify player performance, even at the granular level, thanks to Zebra Technologies. This data comes from RFID chips embedded into the players' uniforms -- specifically their shoulder pads. Meanwhile, receivers placed around the stadium track...

Video: This Device Connects You Even in the Middle of Nowhere

February 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Never is a wireless network so important as when you don't have access to one. While Congress is trying to add Wi-Fi to National Parks, in the meantime hikers, bikers and other outdoorsy types have GoTenna. This system can create a wireless network out of thin air. It uses two...

Microgrids, Panels and Geothermal Heat Pumps: The High-Tech Renewable Energy Powering Tribal Communities

February 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To combat the lack of energy infrastructure available to tribal lands, the Energy Department is stepping up with the Tribal Energy Grant Program. "Nobody notices energy until it's gone, really," said Nathan Nash of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. "We've been out for weeks at a time, days at a...