Innovation and Beyond

By Anand | This magazine curates exciting stories on technology, design, innovation and entrepreneurship

Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Sustained innovation success is not the result of artful intuition or heroic vision but of a deliberate search using key information signals.<p>In an …

Innovation

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance; that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

Drones

The Dot braille smartwatch is finally getting shipped out to patient buyers

SEOUL — Next month, the Dot smartwatch will finally hit shelves, offering a sleek timepiece for the blind.<p>The watch is coming to the market after nearly three years of repeated stops and starts.<p>Unlike most assistive smartwatches for the blind which rely on audio prompts, the Dot displays messages …

Wearable Tech

Man Breaks Typing Speed Record Using Only a Brain Implant

Using a brain interface designed by Stanford University, the man achieved eight words per minute, four times the previous record.<p>Typing is an incredibly complex process, and for paralyzed and other disabled people, it's an especially difficult task simply due to the sheer number of possible inputs. …

Singularity

Google's new tech turns VR headsets invisible

If you’ve ever watched someone wear and use a VR headset, you know how odd they look with a high-tech blindfold on. That’s not good for demonstrating the emerging technology, especially while it still has a lot to prove before it enters the mainstream.<p>That’s why Google’s Research arm and Daydream …

Virtual Reality

Criminals beware! Google's AI can now identify faces from heavily pixellated images

Two Google Brain neural networks were combined to create the enhanced images<p>Two artificial intelligence systems built by Google are able to transform a heavily pixellated, low quality, image into a clear photo or a person or object.<p>Computer scientists from Google Brain, the central Google AI team, …

Artificial Intelligence

A Fish Becomes the Master of Its Own Destiny Inside a Robotic Fish Tank That It Controls

A fish becomes the master of its own destiny inside of a robotic fish tank that it controls. The speed and direction of the robot are determined by …

Robots

Vinci's AI-driven headphones want to untether you from your phone

As headphones go, Vinci is in a league of its own. The headphones aren’t the best looking, or even the best sounding for that matter. What it lacks in aesthetics and premium sound the company more than makes up for it in innovation and intelligence.<p>What is it?<p>Vinci is the world’s first smart …

Headphones

Siren Care weaves electronics into fabric to keep diabetic patients healthy

Instead of tracking your health with a little band that’s on your wrist, Ran Ma thinks that the future is keeping track of your health — or at least parts of it — with technology that’s woven into the fabric of your clothes.<p>That’s the target of Siren Care, a wearable company that looks to weave …

Wearable Tech

World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility<p>The world’s largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other …

Artificial Intelligence

The IoT Gives Criminals Superpowers

The Internet of Things will give superpowers to a new class of entrepreneurs able to forge the future of connected communications. Unfortunately, some of them will be criminals.<p>Recently website KrebsOnSecurity.com was the target of an unprecedented cyberattack. In the parlance of hackers, it was a …

Cybersecurity

Singularity Watch: IBM's Watson Cut A Horror Movie Trailer

Why yes, the movie IS about an evil AI<p>How to pique interest in another spooky motion picture about technology run amok? Have a powerful AI take a …

Movies

Google's AI trumps JPEG compression in shrinking image files

A group of researchers at Google appear to have taken a leaf out of HBO comedy <i>Silicon Valley’s</i> book for its latest project. The team has developed a way to use neural networks that mimic the workings of the human brain to compress images more efficiently than traditional methods.<p>The researchers …

Deep Learning

With the Ava IoT bracelet, getting pregnant becomes easier

Getting pregnant is much harder than movies would have you believe.<p>In fact, women have only a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant every month. So, …

Watson goes to Asia as hospitals use supercomputer for cancer treatment

Watson for Oncology analyzes patient medical records, along with millions of pages of articles and textbooks, to make treatment recommendations. …

Cancer

Japanese hedge fund robot outsmarts human master, passes Brexit test

Yoshinori Nomura felt like weeping. It was the morning of June 24, Brexit day, and markets were moving against him.<p>Well, not against him, exactly. It was the hedge fund manager’s self-learning computer program that had placed the bet, selling Japanese stock-index futures before a sizable market …

Wall Street

Audi’s New Technology Is the Beginning of the End of Traffic Lights

Cars could soon be crisscrossing in front of one another while barely slowing down.<p>Audi has announced it is rolling out a feature in some of its new …

Driverless Cars

Hyperloop One could build its first commercial route in Dubai

While Hyperloop One isn't quite done building its test structure, it already has a potential location for its first ever commercial route: Dubai. The company has teamed up with DP World, one of the biggest port operators, to examine whether building a route for Port Jebel Ali would make it more …

Hyperloop

The Next Must-Have Smartphone Feature

Google’s new location-sensing system will make augmented reality far more useful.<p>Smartphones can tell you when to depart for the airport to make your …

Augmented Reality

What if intelligent machines could learn from each other?

Take a look around and you’ll see evidence of the widespread adoption of wearable sensors for health and fitness, such as the Fitbit, Garmin or other …

Internet of Things

China rolls out its massive elevated 'straddling bus'

Several months after its design was unveiled to the public, China's massive elevated bus concept is now real.<p>The 4.8-meter-high (15.75-foot) electric bus has its carriage elevated off the ground, allowing what appears to be two lanes of cars to pass under it.<p>The Chinese government showed on Tuesday …

Transportation

CITI: 10 innovations that will completely change the future of the global economy

Innovation is what grows economies.<p>We can't become more productive without new technology, strategies, and markets — and huge innovations can create economies all to themselves, according to Elizabeth Curmi, an analyst at Citi Global Perspectives and Solutions.<p>New innovations like the internet of …

Innovation

How to Create an Exponential Mindset

Digital business models are a bit of a misnomer. It’s not digital technology that defines them; it’s their ability to create exponential value. The music and video industries, for example, weren’t redefined by converting analog to digital formats. Just ask Sony about Minidisc players and Netflix …

Success

Why Computer Vision Tracking the Flow of People Will be a Huge Market

Density laser tracking above a doorwayAs I’ve written before I believe Computer Vision will become a major factor as a Human-Computer Interface (1) …

Innovation

How police in Michigan are trying to 3D print a murder victim’s fingerprint to unlock his phone

Security

Scientists have created self-healing fabrics that also protect from harmful chemicals

Protective clothing is critical to the health and safety of workers who handle hazardous chemicals. A new fabric coating promises to not only neutralize toxins, but also to heal tears and holes on its own while the clothes go through the laundry.<p>The coating, developed by a team of researchers from …

Protein

Artificial intelligence writes ‘perfect’ horror script, seeks crowdfunding

Artificial intelligence has evolved enough that it can now take care of daily chores, drive a car, function as a trusty shopping buddy, and… write a screenplay?<p><i>Impossible Things</i>, an independent horror film project from Greenlight Essentials‘ Jack Zhang, was reportedly produced (in part) by an …

Artificial Intelligence

Tiny 3D-printed medical camera could be deployed from inside a syringe

Getting inside the human body to have a look around is always going to be invasive, but that doesn't mean more can't be done to make things a little …

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