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Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by 2020

Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews could control every aspect of a ship, complete with …

Pepper robot to work in Belgian hospitals

<b>Pepper, the humanoid robot programmed to "understand" human emotions, is to take a new job - as a receptionist in two Belgian hospitals.</b><p>It will be the robot's first foray into healthcare after previous deployments in shopping centres, banks and train stations.<p>One hospital plans to deploy more …

Robotics

Philips developing camera that can monitor your vital signs just by watching you

If Philips' Contactless Monitoring project comes to fruition, a camera paired with a computer will be able to deliver an accurate reading of your heart and breathing rates.<p>Philips was here in New York recently to show off some future health technology as part of its Innovation Experience.<p>There was …

Medical Technology

Bluetooth 5 will be announced next week with four times the range and double the speed

The next version of the Bluetooth standard is called Bluetooth 5, and will be formally announced next week, Bluetooth Special Interest Group executive director Mark Powell has revealed. Bluetooth 5 is expected to be a significant upgrade over the current version of the wireless standard, offering …

Bluetooth

Microsoft releases first update for Windows Holographic

It's taken a long time to get real Windows 10 applications up and running on Hololens. The headset finally shipped to developers last March, and now the Windows Holographic dev kit has received its first update, adding several features like multitasking and the ability to rotate 3D models. These …

WhatsApp now has Windows and Mac desktop apps

You don’t get to a billion active users by ignoring platforms. (Except BB10, even WhatsApp can’t be bothered with BB10 anymore).<p>Joining the Android, Apple, Windows Phone, Symbian and Nokia S40 (yes, really) apps, WhatsApp now has desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS.<p>The apps are very similar to …

Apps

Canon's new macro lens has a built-in ring flash

There are two surprising things about Canon's new EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.<p><b>It's an EF-M lens for the EOS M mirrorless system</b>. Canon has completely neglected EOS M, releasing just five lenses since the system launched nearly four years ago — four slow zooms and a 22mm f/2 prime. This 28mm …

Cameras

Sony wants to patent a contact lens camera with image stabilization and autofocus

It's only an application though, and for tech that doesn't yet exist<p>Mother. Flipping. Smart. Contact lenses. Every time I see a patent for these, I get slightly less freaked outby the idea of putting electronics in my eye, and slightly more excited for my soon-to-be laser vision. The latest company …

Cameras

Opera bakes a free, unlimited VPN directly into its desktop browser

Norway-based technology company Opera Software is introducing a free virtual private network (VPN) feature to its desktop browser, making it the first of the major browser operators to build a VPN directly into the software. Today’s news comes a little more than a month after Opera unveiled a …

NASA's use of HoloLens puts you on Mars with Buzz Aldrin

I got a ticket to Mars.<p>At the end of an exhibit hall at San Francisco's Moscone Center, a Microsoft representative punched my orange ticket. I was ready to strap on the company's augmented reality headset for a holographic stroll on the neighboring planet. I was one of eight HoloLens-wearing …

Amazon reveals how to build an Echo speaker with the Raspberry Pi

The power of Alexa for a fraction of the price<p>Amazon wants to push its Alexa voice assistant as far and wide as possible, so much so that one of the company's employees has released a step-by-step guide to building an Alexa-powered speaker yourself with a Raspberry Pi. The do-it-yourself Echo can …

Raspberry Pi

Web version of Google's Inbox app can now reply to emails for you

One of the most interesting features of the mobile version of Inbox — Google's other mailbox-management app — is coming to its web version. Smart Reply, which scans your incoming messages and works out a natural-language response, is now available for Inbox on the web, giving users an easy way to …

Apps

This Robot Has Real Muscles That Let It 'Walk' Towards The Light

It's the first time a bio-bot's locomotion is driven by cells from skeletal muscles<p>For the past few years, scientists have been experimenting with the best way to blend biological and robotic materials. Biological materials, they argue, can help robots in situations where they need to quickly adapt …

The Space Scooter moves without kicking and doesn't require electricity or gas

The Space Scooter is the scooter that keeps going, and you don’t even need to kick. You don’t need to charge it overnight or fill it up with gas …

Sony's new universal remote packs a low-power e-ink display

After a successful campaign on Sony’s own First Flight crowdfunding platform, the company’s Huis remote controller features an e-ink screen that displays only the buttons you need to operate your TV, audio system, lighting and air conditioners.<p>The Huis (pronounced “house”) offers some notable …

Life-size BB-8 toy might be coming to make your Star Wars dreams come true

After raking in nearly $2 billion, <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is easily one of the biggest and most successful movies of all time. It's biggest …

Lego

How scientists detected gravitational waves for the first time

Scientists have announced the first detection of gravitational waves, a finding that will give astronomers an entirely new window to the universe. But how are these waves observed and why have we never seen them before?<p>Gravitational waves are ripples in the space-time continuum first predicted by …

France Plans To Build Hundreds Of Miles Of Solar-Paved Roads

France is joining the Netherlands and Korea in the solar road club. The French government plans 620 miles of energy-generating pavement, which will be able to provide power for up to 8% of the country’s population.<p>Construction will take place over the next five years, using Wattway panels from …

'Bionic spinal cord' aims to move robotic limbs with power of thought

Australian scientists hope a device about the size of a matchstick will one day help people with spinal cord injuries get back on their feet.<p>The …

UC Berkeley researchers are testing robot roaches that could save your life one day

Researchers at UC Berkeley are building a robot designed to scamper through tight spaces with articulated movement similar to that of a cockroach. This project, partially funded by the US Army, is the first step in creating a highly effective search-and-rescue robot.<p>The robot, called CRAM, has a …

Clothing Insulated With Aerogel Promises To Keep Out The Most Dire Cold

The incredible material is now wearable<p>Aerogel is the material of the future— if you can make it work for you. The substance, a foam made of mostly air and either silica or carbon, is great for insulating, but it’s traditionally been brittle and difficult to work with.<p>Lots of companies like The …

'Doomsday Clock' scientists will set the new time for our demise

Scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are set to announce Tuesday whether civilization is any …

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Coffee

Holographic assistant brings us one step closer to AI butlers

A company from Japan is working on a fully holographic artificial intelligence assistant. It offers similar services to Amazon's Echo, but brings a new level of personality.<p>Mark Zuckerberg made headlines earlier this month when he said he hoped to build an artificial intelligence assistant that can …

Artificial Intelligence

Toyota wants to make Google's mapping tech obsolete

The automaker's new map-generation system, debuting at CES, utilizes onboard cameras and GPS devices to supplant purpose-built mapping cars.<p>Google did a great thing with its Maps vehicles, which scoured a great deal of roads to bring us some of the most detailed maps on the internet. But as more …

Autonomous Cars

A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

SegNet is a new system created by the University of Cambridge that can “read” a road and assess various features including street signs, road markers, people, and even sky. The system looks at an RGB image of a road and then classifies different layers using a Bayesian analysis of the scene.<p>From …

Machine Learning

Google: We have proof that our quantum computer really works

Google announced a breakthrough in the field of quantum computing Wednesday. The company thinks it's found a quantum algorithm that solves problems 100 million times faster than conventional processes. If confirmed, this discovery could not only lead to iRobot-style artificial intelligence but also …

Placemeter’s New Sensor Helps Business Owners Measure Traffic In Front Of Their Stores

Placemeter, the “urban intelligence platform” that launched earlier this year, wants to help businesses measure how many people walk past — and into — their stores. The company is officially launching its first sensor today. Until now, the company was using standard IP cameras.<p>With this new sensor, …

Customers

Scientists Support Research On Gene Editing Of Human Embryos

Edited embryos should not be used for pregnancy, they caution<p>Following a three-day summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the use of human gene editing, scientists and bioethicists from around the world urged basic research using these technologies to continue, but strongly cautioned that embryos …

Snowden's preferred messaging app Signal comes to Chrome

Open Whisper Systems has launched a desktop version of its free secure messaging app Signal. It’s the same service NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden uses, so it’s perfect for all your super-secret correspondence.<p>Signal is now available in beta as a Chrome app, and lets you send text, picture, and …