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CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech

When "health tech" first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers. These days, of course, that technology is widely available in consumer wearables from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple. But the devices …

Mind-controlled nanobots release drugs inside cockroaches

Stay with me here -- scientists from Bar-Ilan University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel created nanobots, injected them into cockroaches, and released fluorescent drugs into the insects using <i>mind power</i>. While that sounds insanely convoluted, the aim is to actually help humans. If a …

All hail Octobot! Harvard debuts adorable 3D-printed soft robot

Not all robots are metal monstrosities with unchecked artificial intelligence that could jeopardize mankind's future. Meet Octobot, a 3D-printed autonomous soft robot out of Harvard crafted exclusively of flexible parts.<p>Harvard calls Octobot "the first autonomous, entirely soft robot." Its …

Cognitive offloading: How the Internet is increasingly taking over human memory

Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem …

Cognition

Data on taxi routes, points of interest may improve crime predictions

Data on how taxis travel through communities and on how people label points of interest on social media could help analysts and criminologists better …

The automation of design

Murphy's Law decrees: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” For any of us whose livelihood depends on our labor, things going wrong could …

Did You Know? 13 Amazing Facts About Linux That Will Surprise You

Little did Linus Torvald know that his personal project of a new free operating system kernel would become a cult someday. Linux kernel, in the …

Top 6 Best VPN For Android To Browse Anonymously

<i>VPN (Virtual Private Network)</i> is one of the beneficial tools for your android security. When you correlate to any public wifi or any type of net …

The robots are here — and you should be worried

It’s no surprise that technology is getting better, faster, smarter. But is it at the expense of its makers?<p>Anxiety has been building around the Second Machine Age and its implications for our economic future, and it may have reached a tipping point.<p>Just last week, Silicon Valley venture …

US military tests a Tinker Bell-sized drone

There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based firm Prox Dynamics, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, measuring in at a mere 4 x 1 inches …

Watch A Tiny Origami Robot Crawl, Climb, Swim, and Dissolve

Magnets, that's how it works<p>In just under two minutes, this tiny metallic square will, in sequence: fold itself into a robot, roll away, keep a trajectory as it does a figure eight around two columns, crawl up an arm, push a foam block into a bin, swim, carry a load that weighs twice as much as it …

Google, Levi's Weave Tech Into Textiles With Project Jacquard

The future is soft, or so Google believes. A new project and partnership with Levi's, announced at the Internet giant's I/O conference Friday, looks to smarten up clothing by embedding conductive fibers in the material itself and adding super-small computing systems the size of buttons. It's called …

Levi's wants to put Google's touch-sensitive fabric inside your jeans

The incredibly cool touch-sensitive fabric that Google's ATAP unit is demonstrating here at I/O 2015 won't be limited to Mountain View's labs. Levi's just announced that it's partnering with Google to turn Project Jacquard into proper fashion. "We’ve got the genius pirates at ATAP who can help us …

Clothing

Cortana Correctly Predicts Eurovision Contest Winners

Microsoft's Cortana AI is a force to be reckoned with. Previously the virtual assistant managed to predict 15 out of 16 of the World Cup 2014 …

Elon Musk fears Google will build 'a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind'

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the furthest thing from a Luddite technophobe we can imagine, but he has nonetheless raised some very legitimate …

United Will Reward Hackers With Up To A Million Frequent Flyer Miles

You don't have to be a frequent flier to become a million-miler these days, at least on United Airlines.<p>The aviation giant announced a new "bug …

How many PlayStation 2s would make a Galaxy S6?

Did you know that two Nintendo Entertainment Systems combined have the same computing power as the Apollo Guidance Computer that sent men to the moon? Or that the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone has as much power as five PlayStation 2s under its hood?<p>Those are the conclusions of website Experts Exchange, …

Apple Watch

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

A holographic heads-up display ships later this year<p>There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate …

An Arizona town is hiding license plate readers in fake cactuses

The town of Paradise Valley, Arizona has a new vegetation-based surveillance system. According to a report from the Fox 10 affiliate in Phoenix, …

A Pair Of Robot Arms Could Make You Dinner

This machine learns to cook by watching you<p>The 2011 MasterChef champion Tim Anderson has a new apprentice--a robo-chef.<p>“It’s the ultimate sous-chef,” Anderson told BBC News. “You tell it to do something--whether it’s a bit of prep or completing a whole dish from start to finish--and it will do …

Amazon can now test its drone delivery system in the US—for real, this time

In what is being heralded as an important milestone, Amazon has received permission to begin testing its Prime Air delivery drones in the US.<p>For real, this time.<p>It’s been a long journey for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who announced his plan for an automated-drone delivery system back in Dec. of 2013. …

Drones

MIT Student Develops A Facebook For Depression

Koko is an upcoming iPhone app that aims to help people fix the bugs in their thinking by crowdsourcing cognitive behavioral techniques.<p>Koko, an upcoming app based on an MIT experiment, is designed to build the world’s first social network for dealing with depression. If it takes off, it could …

Mental Health

Check out Google's tiny new computer-on-a-stick

The Asus Chromebit, announced by Google today, packs a lot of computing power into a little itty bitty form factor and a sub-$100 price point: Plug …

3-D print technology provides 'robohand' to 7-year-old girl

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once …

Boredom makes people more creative, claim psychologists

People are more creative after they take part in a boring test, psychologists have found<p>Boredom is by its very nature tedious and unpleasant, but far from being mind-numbing it might actually stimulate creativity, a psychologist has found.<p>Dr Sandi Mann, from the University of Central Lancashire, …

Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice

If you're trying out for a job in sales, the person who judges your pitch may not be a person — it could be a computer.<p>Job recruitment is the newest frontier in automated labor, where algorithms are choosing who's the right fit to sell fast food or handle angry cable customers, by sizing up the …