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Category: Future Tech

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps
We’re one small step closer to having Dragon Ball‘s miraculous capsules, thanks to a group of scientists that have created a metamaterial that can be programmed to change its shape, volume and stiffness. The scientists, led…
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Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution
I live in a more rural area so I don’t have the hatred of pigeons that some city dwellers have, you might not find this quite as adorable as I do. A company has released a…
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Eyeglasses with Autofocus: Omnifocals

Eyeglasses with Autofocus: Omnifocals
The lenses in prescription eyeglasses are usually tailored to the wearer’s vision. There are also multifocal or progressive lenses that provide different focal powers, but each power is confined to portions of the lens. That’s why…
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Hilton Gets IBM Watson-powered Robot Concierge

Hilton Gets IBM Watson-powered Robot Concierge
Hilton Worldwide and IBM have teamed up to put a robot concierge into the Hilton McLean hotel in Virginia. The little ‘bot is called Connie and is the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the world. Connie…
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Aido Robot Wants to Be Your Home Companion

Aido Robot Wants to Be Your Home Companion
Aido is a forthcoming robot for the home which is designed to act as a personal assistant and entertainment hub that can follow you around. If you have seen the flick Wall-E, I don’t see how…
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Flexible & Modular Sensor Array: SensorTape

Flexible & Modular Sensor Array: SensorTape
Last month we checked out a decorative tape with a circuit board design. It turns out that researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group have considered such a form factor for interconnected and programmable sensors,…
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DARPA’s Awesome VTOL X-Plane Moves to Phase 2

DARPA’s Awesome VTOL X-Plane Moves to Phase 2
DARPA works on some crazy stuff, but the crazy stuff has a way of becoming normal stuff eventually. At the moment, DARPA is working on a slick new VTOL aircraft that has the vertical landing capability…
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Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition: Worlds Collide

Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition: Worlds Collide
Microsoft is now taking applications from software developers for the HoloLens Developer Edition, the beta version of its augmented reality computer. Yes, computer. The HoloLens doesn’t need to be connected to a PC to work because…
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Volvo ROAR Project Takes out the Trash

Volvo ROAR Project Takes out the Trash
Volvo is working on a slick autonomous vehicle project with a Swedish refuse company that is aiming to automate the task of picking up your trash and taking it to the truck for dumping. The process…
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Corephotonics Dual Camera for Smartphones: Hitting One Bird with Two Stones

Corephotonics Dual Camera for Smartphones: Hitting One Bird with Two Stones
LG’s new premiere smartphone, the G5, has a second rear camera for wide angle shots. But Corephotonics’ new smartphone module shoots with its two cameras at once. It then uses the company’s proprietary software to merge…
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Boston Dynamics ATLAS Robot Gets an Upgrade

Boston Dynamics ATLAS Robot Gets an Upgrade
Boston Dynamics has released a video demonstrating a new upgraded version of its upright walking ATLAS robot. It’s still scary as hell and marches us one step closer to a robot controlled Earth. Watch as it…
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ReFlex Flexible Smartphone: Bend Test This

ReFlex Flexible Smartphone: Bend Test This
For years now, display manufacturers like LG and Samsung have been teasing flexible displays by creating mobile devices that can be folded to be more portable. But researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab show us…
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Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1
Last October we checked out a fascinating animation technique that transfers facial movements from one person to another in real-time. Disney Research’s FaceDirector on the other hand blends two different takes of an actor’s face into…
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Soft Grip Robot Fingers Can Lift Eggs without Cracking Them

Soft Grip Robot Fingers Can Lift Eggs without Cracking Them
I want a robot in my house that can clean, cook, and do laundry. That will free me up to watch movies and play Fallout 4. The catch is that robot hands today can’t really pick…
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Phoenix Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegics Rise from Their Chairs

Phoenix Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegics Rise from Their Chairs
There are many exoskeletons in development around the world. While the goal of some is to make your average human able to lift and carry more, the goal for others is to help people who are…
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Microsoft’s Project Natick Tests Viability of Underwater Datacenters: Messages in Bottles

Microsoft’s Project Natick Tests Viability of Underwater Datacenters: Messages in Bottles
Thanks (or no thanks) to Microsoft, someday we could have clouds under the sea. The software giant recently shared details on what it calls Project Natick, an experiment about constructing and operating an underwater datacenter. The…
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