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Intel’s CEO Reveals The Company’s Plans To Build A Conflict-Free Supply Chain By 2016

How the electronics giant is leading the industry in making sure its products do not fuel war, corruption, and atrocities in mining nations.<p>If you use electronics or wear gold jewelry, you’re participating in an economy that finances armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gather …

California hotel hires robot butlers to provide room service (video)

If you plan to stay in Cupertino's high-tech Aloft Hotel in the near future, don't be surprised if you open your door to a 3-foot-tall robot carrying extra towels or breakfast. See, it's the Starwood property's new butler (officially called A.L.O. Botlr, which is short for "robot butler," of …

Robot Olympics Planned for 2020 Powered by Japan's ‘Robot Revolution’

Japan likes robots. And while some Americans raised on a confusing sci-fi diet of <i>Star Wars, Terminator, and iRobot</i> are perhaps a little wary of …

Medical Records Now Available To Doctors On Google Glass

Drchrono's new Glass app puts patients' vital and clinical information right in front of healthcare providers' eyes.<p>In the past year or two, the …

Air Purifying Drones Create Clean Air In Personal Space

UrbanCONE is a futuristic air filtration unit inspired by jellyfish propulsion.<p>Sustainability isn’t just a noble cause, it’s an essential one if we …

This Tree-Shaped Farm-On-A-Skyscraper Could Bring Acres Of Crops Into The City

Designed like a giant tree, the Urban Skyfarm is covered in leaf-like decks that provide space for real trees to grow.<p>So far, most existing vertical farms look like big greenhouses or plant factories–all of the action happens on the inside. Warehouses in Chicago, Kyoto, Singapore, and a handful of …

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Stretchable patch senses UV light Researchers in Australia have developed a new UV sensor. It can be worn directly on exposed skin as a patch. The …

This Building Will Suck Up Smog Like It Was A Forest

The latest air-purifying building is brought to you by 9,000 square meters of photocatalytic concrete.<p>Buildings are capable of a lot more than simply covering our heads. They can collect enough rainwater to last a 100-day drought. They can run on algae. And some can also clean smog.<p>One of the …

AI Will Sit On Company's Board Of Directors

Hong Kong venture capital firm, Deep Knowledge Ventures has appointed an artificial intelligence tool to help predict which companies to invest in.<p>So …

LED Yoga Mat Guides Your Hands And Feet With Flashing Lights

Product design and engineering firm LUNAR developed an interactive exercise mat called TERA, which aims to redesign how people engage in fitness …

Solar Roadways installs energy harvesting parking lot

Many roads, highways, parking lots or driveways can spend much their daytime unused. Sunlight can even break through gridlock to the road below. In …

Edible Mist Machine Lets You Inhale Bacon Without The Calories

Suck it, Jenny Craig.<p>Now you can inhale all of your guilty pleasures without that good ol' American caloric intake. Lick Me I'm Delicious, a group of foodie inventors out of the United Kingdom, says its Edible Mist Machine can emit 200 different "delicious" flavored vapors for your enjoyment. We …

Wonder Workshop | Home of cue, Dash and Dot, robots that help kids learn to code

Clever Together<p>Wonder Workshop sparks creativity with kids of all ages and inspires them to have fun, learning new skills with our robotics.<p>Our …

Singularity Surplus: Cyborg Edition

Late last week, the FDA approved a prosthetic limb controlled by the patient’s own intent to move that for the first time allows simultaneous …

You won't need roads with this $85,000 hoverbike

With Hyperloop still a twinkle in Elon Musk's eye, we've got to look elsewhere for our futuristic transport. Thankfully, Aerofex has stepped up with its Aero-X, a hoverbike that is finally scheduled to launch in 2017. Two users can ride this motorbike-like vehicle, where the wheels have been …

Your connected home could one day save your life

Consider this scenario: Randall is an elderly man living alone. He's doing pretty well -- until one day he has a mild stroke. In the weeks that follow, he's not as active as usual, getting up later and not leaving the house. Motion detectors, a mattress sensor and a smart door lock in his home …

Bionic Ankle Works Better Than The Real Thing

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This Crazy Liquid Blob Is Actually The House Of The Future

The Ville Savoye is inspired by microcellular systems. Is it the model for how we’ll all live?<p>Think of a generic house, and you probably picture something along the lines of a simple children’s drawing: A basic box with a few windows and a door. Even as architectural styles have evolved, the …

14 Crazy Skyscrapers From The Future, Designed To Solve Real Problems

Most skyscrapers don’t do much more than house people or offices, but one day, they could also help solve problems like urban pollution and waste collection. For the last nine years, eVolo Magazine has held a competition for the problem-solving skyscrapers of the future. Here are a handful of this …

Virtual Reality Illnesses Provide Med Students With Constant Case Studies

The Hannover Medical School has developed an augmented reality simulation app called mARble that enables med students to get as much hands-on …

Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to 'unlock new worlds for all of us'

Mark Zuckerberg is following up his Whatsapp buy with another big acquisition: virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash (curiously, news of the talks may have leaked on Reddit a month ago). In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg talks at length about how Facebook plans to make …

How A Nineteen-Year-Old Redesigned The Domestic Airline System

Dubbed hitchhiking in the air, Flytenow is a service that matches pilots of small planes with people who want to ditch major airlines and experience …

The Collaborative Economy Is Exploding, And Brands That Ignore It Are Out Of Luck

Rides, houses, power tools: You can share almost anything today, and the number of people sharing is growing every day. If you’re a company that only sells to consumers and doesn’t help them share, you may want to rethink your plans.<p>The so-called “collaborative economy” is gaining steam, as people …

Emerging Tech Tells You What That Cough Really Means [Future Of Health]

Consumer-friendly products are giving everyday people to power to diagnose their health issues and know when to seek care.<p>Maybe that sore throat is …

A Telepresence RoboCop Piloted by Oculus Rift and Sensored Gloves

A student at the Florida International University (FIU) dons a sensor-laden pair of gloves and vest and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. He …

U.S. Border Patrol Sends Robots To Combat Drug Smuggling

With robotics companies devising machines to handle a range of tasks that are dangerous for humans, some have designed machines to navigate tunnels. …

Take A Seat On This Gates-Funded Future Toilet That Will Change How We Think About Poop

The inside story of how Caltech engineers and Kohler designers are testing a toilet technology that could significantly improve the health of 2.5 billion people around the world. It might even appear in U.S. bathrooms, too.<p>Yan Qu and Clement Cid spend a lot more time thinking about poop than your …