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This gadget can make you feel heat, cold, or even pain in virtual reality

There's now another element to add to your VR experience.<p>This startup has created a device that is meant to "drastically heighten" your VR game — by …

Augmented Reality

Einride’s T-Pod self-driving transport EV gets a full-scale prototype

Swedish tech startup Einride has built a full-scale prototype of its T-Pod, the electric autonomous transport vehicle it hopes will eventually replace smaller heavy-duty trucks, featuring remote control operation and a 200 kWh energy capacity with a maximum range of around 124 miles.<p>The Einride …

Remote Controls

Driverless pods begin ferrying the public around Greenwich

It's been almost a year since the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) opened sign-ups for a driverless pod trial in Greenwich. The original plan was to start before Christmas, but given today's date that obviously didn't happen. Still, better late than never, eh? Over the next three weeks, …

Milton Keynes

Self-healing phone screen can fix itself in 24 hours

The days of scratched and cracked smartphone screens could soon be numbered after researchers created a "stretchy" screen that can repair itself.<p>Researchers at the University of California Riverside have designed a new polymer that can heal itself, opening up the ability to fuse cracks and paper …

Zunum Aero’s electric passenger plane hopes to offer cheaper flights by 2020

Zunum Aero, a company backed by funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue’s tech venture arm, has revealed its plans to create a hybrid electric aircraft designed for regional flights with plans to fly by 2020. The aircraft would have a range of around 700 miles at launch, and the plan is to get …

Aviation

Duo is an AI-powered, 27-inch multitouch smart mirror that will definitely, totally exist some day

AI assistants aren’t going away any time soon, but their implementation is constantly shifting and evolving. Alexa is invading every gadget in our …

New York City

Apple’s insidious minimalism has finally inspired an industry that needs it: ATM design

In 1967, a large crowd gathered in suburban London to witness the unveiling of what’s said to be the very first ATM machine: Barclays Bank’s “robot cashier” a godsend for clients who needed to take out money after bank hours. With a slot for a token, round push buttons and a clunky tray, the ATMs …

Barclays Bank

Facebook's AI assistant is ready to hang out in Messenger

A couple of years ago, Facebook introduced M, an AI-powered personal assistant for Messenger. The idea behind M is that you could ask it to do pretty much anything -- book flights, cancel your cable service and even find a plumber -- and it'll do it for you, with the occasional help from human …

San Francisco

Samsung Is Edging Closer To Something Special

Samsung is edging closer to its final foldable phone design according to recently submitted patents.<p>The designs, dated by the US Patents Office as the 31st January 2017 and spotted by PhoneArena, reveal a flexible display device that folds in the middle.<p>This is not the first hinged, foldable device …

IPhone 8

Facial recognition will replace passports in Australia

Australia has started implementing biometric facial, iris and fingerprint recognition in airports, allowing passengers to go through without showing a passport or even talking to anyone. The "Seamless Traveler" project is aimed at creating a "fast, seamless self-processing experience for up to 90 …

DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance

<b>Scientists have built a DNA-analysing smartphone attachment that is a fraction of the cost of lab-based kit.</b><p>The creators of the phone-powered pathology microscope believe it could be mass produced for less than $500 (£406) a unit.<p>They say it could help doctors treat cancer, tuberculosis and other …

Nokia
Robotics

Meta’s augmented reality glasses look ridiculous, but they’re ridiculously comfortable

If virtual reality is barely getting a hold on the mainstream, augmented reality — the kind that uses glasses, not your phone — is barely on most people’s mental radar. Even so, projects like Magic Leap have been massively hyped in the tech community, while Microsoft’s HoloLens can support …

Augmented Reality

Aira uses smart glasses to help blind people navigate the world

Aira is designed to make life a little easier for blind and visually impaired people. Using a pair of smart glasses or a phone camera, the system allows an Aira agent to see what the blind person sees in real-time, and then talk them through whatever situation they're in. Aira promises to make …

Lenovo’s new VR headset will cost less than $400 when it debuts this year | Ars Technica

With high specs and a low price, Lenovo's VR headset could be the one to beat.<p>LAS VEGAS—Virtual reality was bound to be a big theme of this year's …

Virtual Reality

The UK's National Health Service is testing out a medical chatbot as a non-emergency helpline

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is trialling a medical chatbot as an alternative to its non-emergency helpline. The app, made by UK startup Babylon, asks people questions about their illnesses in a chat window before giving them advice — whether they should go to a doctor, or if the problem …

Digital Health

BMW just made a big move to take on Tesla and Google

The company said it will test 40 self-driving cars in the second half of 2017 through a partnership with Intel and Mobileye. The partnership, first announced in July, will allow the trio to collect data in order to release a production-ready, self-driving car in 2021.<p>But the most significant part …

Autonomous Cars

Huge drone turns guy into flying machine -- and epic snowboarder

YouTube star Casey Neistat manages to do something we've all wanted to try with a drone: let it haul him around on a wild winter ride.<p>Casey Neistat may have pioneered a new sport in his latest viral video.<p>The filmmaker and YouTube mainstay took a snowboard, plenty of cameras and a custom-built …

Drones

Honor's new phone won't show notifications if it doesn't recognize who is holding it

Honor officially launched its Honor Magic phone in China this week and is billing it as a device from the future. I’ve got to say: it does look pretty future, but maybe it’s just the space background Honor used that’s making me think that.<p><img …

Front-Facing Camera

Lenovo confirms a Chrome OS powered Yoga Book is coming next year

Earlier this year Lenovo announced its futuristic take on the 2-in-1 tablet with the Yoga Book. By ditching physical keys for an entirely touch experience, the Yoga Book created something truly unique. Right now, you can get the Yoga Book with either Android or Windows, but many have asked for a …

ODG partners with China Mobile’s Migu to take augmented reality to Chinese consumers

Osterhout Design Group is going to China. The maker of augmented reality glasses has partnered with China Mobile’s Migu Video subsidiary to deploy ODG’s smartglasses in China.<p>ODG makes AR smartglasses that can overlay computer-generated imagery on top of the real world, helping you see the world …

Google shows off its sleeker self-driving Chrysler minivans

Waymo, Google's new autonomous vehicle division, has finally unveiled its latest model: a heavily modified Chrysler Pacifica. The hybrid minivan, which can go 30 miles in pure electric mode, was glimpsed earlier in spy photos at a Google facility. It's now fixed up with the custom computer, sensors …

Czechs open production of batteries based on nanotechnology

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech company opened on Monday a production line for batteries based on nanotechnology, which uses tiny parts invisible to human eyes. The batteries are touted as potentially more efficient, longer-lasting, cheaper, lighter and above all safer.<p>The automatic line will operate for …

Clean Energy

Jarvis is real! Mark Zuckerberg has spent 2016 building an Iron Man-style AI that controls his life

Mark Zuckerberg has ended 2016 having completed his personal challenge to build a Jarvis-style AI to run his home.<p>He announced at the start of the …

Magic Leap will soon test its technology in the real world

We <i>might</i> be getting closer to finally finding out what Magic Leap's mixed-reality headset looks like. The ultra-secretive company has posted a job listing on Glassdoor for a Field Engineer, who'll actually have to drive around with its devices and collect data in real world locations. "Work will …

New device would use electricity to plug gushing wounds

Zapping your nerves to jumpstart the blood clotting process<p>For centuries, if a doctor wanted to stop a bleeding wound, he would use the tourniquet method: Tightly wrap a piece of cloth around the area, which would essentially cut off blood flow to and from the wound. That ancient practice is still …

This ‘artificial iris’ is like a pair of programmable shades in contact lens form

Smart contact lenses have been the stuff of science fiction for a long time, but as with jetpacks and faster-than-light travel, we’re still waiting on them. Research is ongoing, though, and a project at the University of Ghent shows promise not just in advancing the technology but providing some …

Contact Lenses

Bluetooth 5 now available to device manufacturers, offering 2x speed and 4x range improvements

Earlier this year, it was announced that Bluetooth 5 would be the new wireless standard, replacing Bluetooth 4.2 and now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has officially adopted the platform and made it available to manufacturers to use in devices…<p>Bluetooth 5 includes a variety of enhancements …

GE’s new Alexa lamp shines light on internet of things

We’ve heard for years that the internet of things™ would imbue everything in our lives with the power of the web, all accessible by voice. If you’ve been waiting for something that isn’t a computer or smartphone or smart home hub to ask for driving directions or movie times, here’s your dream …

This Battery Charges In Seconds, And Lasts All Week

It’s a super capacitor made with nano-materials, but all you need to know is–if it’s commercialized–your days of worrying about your battery might be over.<p>You can divide the world into two kinds of people. Those who manage to keep their phones charged, and those whose batteries always seem to be in …