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Google Can Now Tell You How Busy Restaurants Are In Real Time

Because companies that actually give us something back for spying on our lives are the ones we value the most.<p>We’ve all made that mistake of rallying our friends to some hot, new no-reservations restaurant at 5 p.m.–only to find it empty. Or we’ve casually headed to a favorite place on a Wednesday …

DeepMind and Oxford University are working on lip-reading technology

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Google's DeepMind and the University of Oxford are working on a lip-reading system powered by artificial intelligence, New Scientist reports.<p>The AI system already …

What If We Told You Smartwatches Are Actually Getting Good

Here is a more or less complete list of reasons you might have wanted an Apple Watch in the past year: Because Pharrell and Katy Perry wore one, or …

Fecal Transplants May Be a Miracle Cure for Some of Our Nastiest Illnesses | WIRED

• Author: Katie M. Palmer. Katie M. Palmer personal frontiers Science<br>• Date of Publication: 11.02.16. 11.02.16<br>• Time of Publication: 6:55 am. 6:55 am<p>Are …

The Clever Pen on a Mission to Finally Kill the Tape Measure

Mladen Barbaric is sick of tape measures. They’re unruly and awkward. Using them on curved surfaces is like trying to gift wrap a golf club. “Tape …

Inside Uber's Plan to Take Over the Skies With Flying Cars

In less than a decade, Uber has redefined the idea of flexible labor and gutted the American taxi industry. The company launched a fleet of …

Windows 10: Here Are the 10 Coolest New Features | WIRED

• Author: Michael Calore. Michael Calore Gear<br>• Date of Publication: 10.26.16. 10.26.16<br>• Time of Publication: 2:24 pm. 2:24 pm<p>The 10 Coolest Features Coming …

Tesla’s Self-Driving Car Plan Seems Insane, But It Just Might Work

Elon Musk has done it again. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX has made an aggressive prediction for his technology, and paired it with an …

Apple partners with homebuilders to make smart houses

Apple<p>Apple is teaming up with homebuilders to integrate its technology into new houses to boost its Home app that works with smart home goods like internet-connected doorbells, deadbolts, and window blinds.<p>Apple is working with companies like Lennar Corp, KB Home, and Brookfield Residential …

Home Automation

BMW presents its self-balancing motorcycle of the future

So safe you can ride it without a helmet? BMW reveals self-balancing bike concept that is so safe you will NEVER fall off<p><b>Zero-emissions bike concept</b> …

InterAct

Forget Hyperloop: This Awful-Looking Thing Can Move Your Stuff

The thing glided out of the industrial shed. It was awkward. It was bulky. It had the body of a truck and the nose of Adrien Brody, with an ad for …

Review: Sony PlayStation VR

In the still-young history of virtual reality, March of 2014 stands as a watershed moment: That was the month, as stockholders (and Kickstarters) …

Scientists fix fractures with 3-D printed synthetic bone

Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3-D printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries.<p>Unlike real bone grafts, the synthetic material - called …

The Future Is Now

The fastest human-powered vehicle on earth is a bike that looks like a bullet.<p>#MicBrights

Here's how Snapchat's new Spectacles will work

Your questions answered<p>The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world last night by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 10-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime "soon." Snap Inc., as the company is now …

Google Allo: The Super-Smart Future of Messaging Is Kind of an Idiot Sometimes

The first thing that happened when I downloaded Allo, only a few seconds after I had given Google's new messaging app my phone number and snapped a …

Apple Watch 2 review: There's finally a reason to buy a smartwatch

If you had to pick the new Apple Watch Series 2 out of a lineup of existing Apple Watches, you'd be hard pressed to do so.<p>It looks nearly identical to the first model that launched just 18 months ago. Even after tinkering around with the latest iteration, it's a challenge to identify what's …

Smartwatches

Here's What It's Like to Ride In Uber's Self-Driving Car

As I climb into the backseat, there's not much to indicate this Uber is the latest front in the race to kick humans out of the driver's seat.<p>Sure, …

With Hololens, Microsoft Is Learning From Google Glass’s Failure

Where Google Glass failed, Hololens seems poised to succeed as a tool for the working man rather than a consumer headset for gamers.<p>“The space in our cities is limited,” says Andreas Shierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator, a company that builds and maintains elevators worldwide. He’s speaking to …

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Consciousness

Google Billionaire Larry Page Is Secretly Funding Flying-Car Startups

Two California-based companies trying to develop flying cars have been secretly funded by Google co-founder Larry Page, Bloomberg reported …

Human flypaper? Google's solution to collisions between cars and pedestrians

Google has this week received a patent for a fresh approach to the problem of pedestrian injuries sustained during road traffic collisions, …

Road Safety

This week in patents: NASA, Microsoft, Boeing, and more

Wireless charging hasn’t met the success that was anticipated – and rightly so. Although existing wireless chargers do away with tangled wires, they are still heavily limited in usability. The device to be charged needs to be placed on the wireless charging pad and is rendered unusable while being …

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, even go outside into a …

Urban Design

Watch the First Hyperloop Test Run

<b>LAS VEGAS —</b> Hyperloop One is gunning for its Kitty Hawk moment. At an event in dusty Las Vegas, Nevada, the company shot a sled at 120 miles per hour …

This terrifying eel-robot will perform maintenance on undersea equipment

This swimming eel-robot does not make me happy. Watching its long, black, mechanical body move underwater, its red eyes glowing, makes my nerves twitch. The discomfort is primal. I have every sense that it's a predator, snaking its way through murky depths to ensnare, suffocate, and digest me. My …

Robotics

Ingenious bread-buttering machine could make manual spreading a thing of the past

This groundbreaking invention might just be the best thing since sliced bread - because it can butter an entire loaf in less than 30 SECONDS.<p>Retired …

Armed Forces

Wireless: the next generation

THE future is already arriving, it is just a question of knowing where to look. On Changshou Road in Shanghai, eagle eyes may spot an odd rectangular …

This smart mattress knows when you're hooking up with your neighbor

According to a recent study, Spanish men and women are some of the most unfaithful in all the world. In light of this, Durmet — a Spanish mattress company — has come up with a rather unorthodox solution to put an end to infidelity.<p>Color me skeptical that this actually exists, but if it does it’s on …

Mattresses

In conversation with Humayun Mazhar, Founder & CEO of CresVentures

A few months ago, I was heading out of a meeting at a local hotel when I saw Humayun Mazhar, Founder of CresVentures, coming from the opposite side …

Startups