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SFU engineers extract drinking water from air

Engineers at Simon Fraser University have developed a system for extracting drinking water from a rich and inexhaustible source: The air.“Even in the …

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These Cute Robots Fix Problems In Nuclear Reactors

Unsurprisingly, humans and nuclear reactors don’t mix well. So what do you do when you have to maintain the inside of an experimental fusion reactor? …

SoloLearn Teaches Coding Basics In Bite-Sized Lessons Every Day

Android/iOS/Windows/Web: Learning how to code is normally a time-consuming process. SoloLearn aims to make it easier by breaking down programming …

Leka, a spherical robot designed for children with special needs, seeks funding on Indiegogo

“There are not a lot of toys targeted at children with special needs,” says Ladislas de Toldi. “Because of their special needs, it’s harder for them to focus and progress. So how do you make an exceptional child learn and progress?”<p>The Paris-based engineer is making the hard sell for Leka over the …

Sony's Google Cast speakers are ready to put music in any room

Back at CES, Sony announced new multi-room audio gear with a soundbar and two speakers to put music all over your house. Now, a few months after their debut, those devices are available to actually buy. As a refresher, the HT-NT5 soundbar features six speakers that are angled upward to better …

Simple Robot Arm With Steppers Has Pleasingly Smooth Motion

The usual go-to when building a simple robot arm is the ever-pervasive hobby servo. However, these devices are not precise, and are typically jerky …

How Nest Is Trying To Keep The Connected Home Secure

Alphabet’s own Internet of Things outfit is working to stay one step ahead of hackers–and ahead of shifting consumer privacy expectations.<p>If you use Nest’s home automation products, you can have them automatically detect when you’re home or away. If you are out, your Nest Thermostat can …