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This crazy pen lets you write and draw in any color you want

Imagine being able to draw or write with any color in the world, not just the color(s) of the ink that come with your pen.<p>Say hello to the Scribble …

Ex Machina wins the Oscar for Best Visual Effects

<i>Ex Machina</i>'ssubtle sci-fi effects won over Hollywood this year, netting it the 2016 Oscar for Best Visual Effects. It was a bit of a surprise win for the movie. <i>Ex Machina</i> was nominated for two awards tonight, including Best Original Screenplay (which it lost to <i>Spotlight</i>). As a relatively …

Mad Max

Nanorods Of Photocatalysts Achieve 100% Conversion From Solar Energy To Solar Fuel

There are many reasons that I love working in materials chemistry, and particularly in artificial photosynthesis – splitting water using sunlight to generate hydrogen and oxygen gases. You’ve heard me ramble on about this, my most favourite example of nature-inspired nanotechnology in previous …

Clean Energy

Neato's robot vacuum is the first with smartwatch control

We're not sure how useful controlling a robotic vacuum from a smartwatch is, but there's no debating the bragging rights. Neato has revealed that its $699/£550 Botvac Connected is the first robotic vacuum you can control with an Apple Watch or Android Wear device. As long as you're connected to the …

New Egnyte product puts customers in control of encryption keys

Egnyte announced a new product today that lets customers control their encryption keys with either a customer-managed offering or a cloud service that requires less heavy lifting and management.<p>While Egnyte (and all reputable cloud vendors) offer end-to-end encryption, some customers require a …

Don't hold your breath for an Xbox VR headset

Microsoft's Xbox chief says Oculus, HTC already satisfy the need for virtual reality headgear.<p>Xbox VR? Don't bet on it.<p>Microsoft doesn't see the need to produce its own virtual reality headset -- and even if it did, that headset probably wouldn't plug into an Xbox game console in the same way that …

These Earbuds Will Give You Bionic Super-Hearing

<b>Correction appended Wednesday, March 2</b><p>The world is a prison. As I close my front gate, it slams like a heavy cell door securing itself shut. My …

The Robot Garbage Collectors Are Coming

Researchers working with Volvo show off a prototype, and civilization shakes in its boots.<p>The Volvo Group released a video of a fun little experiment late last week: an effort to destroy the livelihoods of garbage collectors as we know them.<p>Well, not quite. According to the students who worked on …

Robotics

People Trust Robots To Lead Them Out Of Danger, Even When They Shouldn't

Blueprint for the future?<p>Should you trust a robot in an emergency? That depends on the robot.<p>Researchers from Georgia Tech Research Institute decided to see whether people would accept the authority of a robot in an emergency situation. For the most part, people did, even when placed in an …

Robotics

LMcable: first to charge both Android and iOS devices

Cables are messy – no need to reiterate that. We all know it, and we have to live with those tangle balls every single day. This is why solutions like wireless charging are so exciting to me, but there’s still a very important place for cables in our outlets. The only issue? Not all companies agree …

Gear & Gadgets

Ready For The Robotic Age? Industry Predicted To Hit $135 Billion By 2019

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the wild west of innovation and integration that comprises today’s robotics industry is due for a serious boom.<p>The market research firm’s recent tell-all on the present and future of robotics, <i>Worldwide Commercial Robotics Spending Guide,</i> …

Robotics

Now you can start brewing your coffee with your smartphone

Every day, our smartphones are seeming more and more like magic wands. They can turn lights on and off, control the temperature and now start your …