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Only in Japan: the robot that's a smartphone that's a robot

RoboHon ("Robot Phone") is the cutest smartphone ever: a (familiar looking) robot frame that fits in your pocket. It can take calls, dance, project photos, display maps and more. It's a 'bot with a smartphone inside. Yes, some will snort at the idea of a phone with a 2-inch touchscreen, but it's …

7 Gmail Features To Make Your Life A Lot Easier

This Open Source Graffiti Drone Will Give Cops Nightmares

Katsu, like many graffiti artists, has a preoccupation with leaving his mark in hard-to-reach places. A few years back he developed an especially …

Party tech: Gadgets and apps to upgrade your celebrations

<b>It used to be so easy: stick a Dusty Springfield LP on the record player, warm up the lava lamp, poke cocktail sticks into a few dozen cubes of cheese and crack open a bottle of Blue Nun.</b><p>Job done, a cracking celebration all but guaranteed.<p>Some 50 years on, that kind of party planning is likely to …

BMW Designs Sleek New Subways For Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is about to get a spiffy new subway, courtesy of BMW. Klang Valley, part of the Malaysian capital’s surrounding metropolitan area, is building a three-line metro system, and by 2017, it will be up and running with 58 trains designed by Designworks USA, a subsidiary of the German auto …

Trains

Cyber Threats Mapped In Real Time Look Like A Giant Laser Battle

Thanks to a vast network of gunships and submarines, the modern intercontinental missile can make its way just about anywhere in the world in about 30 minutes. Sounds fast, until you realize that the piece of malware that could hijack those missiles could circle the globe in mere milliseconds.<p>This …

Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World

Facebook plans to use drones, satellites and lasers to deliver Internet to the world.<p>After announcing Internet.org last year, an initiative to …

Thermodo turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer

Today’s smartphones offer countless apps to check the weather, find out upcoming forecasts, or even get alerts when it’s about to rain or snow. But no app can tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. That’s why Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather …

Samsung's first Smart Bulb is Bluetooth-only and lasts 10 years

Though it got beat to the punch by arch-competitor LG, Samsung has just released its debut smart LED bulb, literally called the "Smart Bulb." It looks nothing like the multi-tiered model we saw at the FCC, but retains the Bluetooth-only spec -- unlike the WiFi-based Philips Hue and LG's …

Microsoft unveils Office for iPad, free for reading and presenting

After years and years of rumors, Office for iPad is finally here. At a press event in San Francisco this morning, Microsoft Office general manager Julia White has unveiled the company’s latest mobile Office app. While Office for iPad was originally rumored for a release in 2012 and 2013, it's …

Why Google has the best shot at a useful smartwatch

Last week, Google unveiled its vision of the smartwatch, the elusive Next Big Gadget. It takes the form of Android Wear, a new version of the mobile …

NLE's floating school casts anchor in Lagos Lagoon

Here's a look at one of the standout projects from Designs of the Year 2014 - a floating school on a Nigerian lagoon by architecture studio NLÉ (+ …

Flying Robots to Help Train Athletes, Prevent Sports Injuries

Published: 05 Mar 2014 | Author: Mike Rees<p>A new flying robot is being developed to help athletes and teams elevate their performance while helping to …

Virtual reality headsets are fun, but how about turning the real world into a game?

There’s a lot of buzz around virtual reality gaming headsets at the moment, with all eyes focused on Oculus Rift and Sony(s sne)’s Project Morpheus. …

Why Google Now is the key to Android Wear smartwatches’ appeal | Trusted Reviews

Who needs a smartwatch?<p>Imagine: it has just gone 6pm. You’re on the way home. And as you try to squeeze into a tiny space by the door of the tube …

Hexapod: Best of Dance 2009

Hyperrealistic Eyes Drawn with Colored Pencils | Colossal

<p>Texas-based graffiti artist Redosking draws fantastically detailed eyes using colored pencils. It seems like eyes are a common muse for illustrators …

Self-Sustaining Floating City is a Modern Day Noah's Ark

This floating city is an innovative concept designed to function as a modern day <i>Noah's Ark</i>. The self-sustaining city was developed by Serbia-based Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic as a means to support life–from humans and animals to fish, plants, and trees–in the case of an extreme natural …

Designs for the Hanging of Things, Part 2: Coat Racks

<i>Previously: Part 1 - Hooks</i><p>Do you (or your interior design clients) want an easy way to hang up coats, scarves, bags, towels, aprons and more? Then …

Small Spaces

Eye Candy: Stunning Video Animation of 24 Hours' Worth of Flights Through Europe

How is it that such a miserable experience can look so beautiful from afar? The UK's National Air Traffic Service, a.k.a. NATS, helps some 2.2 …

Air Traffic

Google Smartwatch Specs Leak, Show Hardware Comparable To Galaxy Gear 2

Some new details about Google’s upcoming smartwatch, which is said to be made by occasional Nexus hardware partner LG, have emerged from mobile leaker @evleaks, who has a solid track record when it comes to unreleased devices. Shortly after TechCrunch reported that Google’s smartwatch development …

Where the only rule is 'be cool'

<b>How did coding get so cool?</b><p>Let's be honest, it wasn't always that way. Being able to speak to computers in their own language wasn't the best way to impress at parties.<p>But in a world of digital billionaires it has become a deeply fashionable skill. It turns out that it's the geek who is going to …

This is the thinnest LED that anyone can make

Companies have been racing to slim down LED backlights as devices get ever thinner, but the University of Washington may have just beaten everyone to the finish line. Its scientists have developed an LED that, at three atoms thick, is easily the thinnest LED to date -- in fact, it's <i>impossible</i> to …

Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free”

Never mind poor service or the food itself, the experience of actually paying the bill at the end of a meal is often cited as the biggest pain-point for restaurant goers. Or so says Flypay, a new UK startup whose app wants to make settling the bill “waiter-free” and a lot speedier in the …