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Sony’s crazy projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen is going on sale this year

It’s called the Xperia Touch, is powered by Android, and will cost around $1,600<p>Over the past couple of years, Sony has shown off a number of experimental products designed for the home. Now, though, one of them is actually going on sale: the newly christened Xperia Touch — an Android projector …

The world's first fully-manned hoverbike looks like a hell of a ride

Dubai might be getting its first batch of autonomous passenger drones this summer, but this Russian startup wants to fill up the sky with fully-manned hoverbikes.<p>Human-carrying drone manufacturer Hoversurf has built an impressive single-seat aircraft that not only has the capacity to lift you up in …

Drones

Meet Lionbot, Lynx and Cruzr, the latest humanoids coming for homes and offices

2017 will be the year of the robo-butlers, if the announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show are anything to go by.<p>Following on from …

Robotics

MIT researchers develop a wearable social coach for people with Asperger's

For people living with Asperger's syndrome, every social interaction can be a battle. While "high-functioning" in some aspects, those on the autism …

Cafe X opens in San Francisco, bringing robots to the coffee shop

The world’s first coffee shop opened in Constantinople in 1555. Four hundred and some years later, Cafe X is putting a twist on that old barista model. Opening in San Francisco today, the startup is opting instead to have a large robotic arm craft your caffeinated potions.<p>Founder Henry Hu noticed …

Vespa's creators just unveiled a personal cargo robot

The Vespa brand's owner, the Piaggio Group, doesn't have a reputation for cutting edge tech (it only just started making an electric scooter). However, it's making up for that in style. It's establishing a robot-focused company, Piaggio Fast Forward, and has unveiled that company's first product: …

An app for blind people identifies and reads out objects in their surroundings

An Australian engineer has co-created created an app for the blind or visually impaired that reads out what is in front of it.<p>It is called Aipoly and it can identify over 1000 different objects. The app can read them out in seven different languages and it also identifies colours.<p>The app is …

Apps

How APIs Are Central to One County’s E-Government Revitalization

In Douglas County, Colo., an effort is underway, led by the elected county treasurer and assessor, to find better ways of sharing data both with the …

eGovernment

Hubblo portable 360-degree camera enables personal VR broadcasting

Hubblo is launching a new 360-degree camera to enable personal virtual reality broadcasting.<p>Hong Kong-based Hubblo is announcing the Hubblo VR camera — a 3D livestreaming device that can stream at 4K — at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The all-in-one camera will shoot 4K …

Virtual Reality

Airbus' New Jet Concept Features Swappable Spas and Cafes

Air travel once merited suits and steak knives. On jets like the new Boeing 747, elegant travelers of the 1960s and 70s floated between their …

Fjord Trends 2018

Fjord's 2018 Trends are our collective thoughts around the key trends that will impact businesses and society in the year to come.

Trends

CES 2017: Tech preview of Las Vegas's biggest launches

<b>CES provides a first glimpse at the future.</b><p>Pretty much all of the tech giants attend the vast Vegas expo - either to unveil new products or to clinch deals behind the scene.<p>But in recent years it's been start-ups that have had many of the most eye-arresting and sensational reveals.<p>There are more at …

CES

Learning to code isn't just for full-time developers; it can boost anyone's productivity at work — here's how

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Shutterstock We've spent a lot of time telling you about the career-related benefits of learning Python, one of the web's most versatile …

Programming

Artificial intelligence isn't the scary future. It's the amazing present.

The year 2017 arrives and we humans are still in charge. Whew! The machines haven't taken over yet, but they are gaining on us.<p>Google's DeepMind AlphaGo computer program recently beat the world champ at Go, a complex board game, while Japanese researchers plan to build the world's fastest …

KFC launches first AI-enabled outlet in Beijing

Kentucky Fried Chicken launched its first artificial intelligence-enabled store in Beijing on Friday, and the fast-food chain said it plans to …

The world’s first solar panel-paved road has opened in France

At this rate, just about every man-made surface there is could be covered in solar panels in the future.<p>Yesterday, Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small town in northern France, opened what is likely the first road paved in solar panels in the world, the Guardian reported. The road is roughly 1 km (0.6 …

Solar Panels

Artificial Intelligence is Helping Restore Vision

Microsoft Cares for Eyecare<p>According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million living …

How Artificial Intelligence Will Usher in the Next Stage of E-Government

Since the earliest days of the Internet, most government agencies have eagerly explored how to use technology to better deliver services to citizens, …

Artificial Intelligence

Simplify and Automate Office Work

Hyperextract Forms Extract handwritten<br>data from forms.<p>For classifying and capturing data in forms with consistent and repeated structures. Automate …

Marketing

Cortana coming to speakers to fight Google Home and Amazon Echo

After appearing on mobile devices and computers, Cortana’s next big role will be in Bluetooth speakers.<p>As strange as it might seem, Harman Kardon has …

Amazon makes giant leap with first drone delivery

Drone delivery is officially off the ground.<p>On Dec. 7, a bag of popcorn, along with an Amazon Fire TV stick, left a Cambridge warehouse in the U.K. …

Open Banking APIs for HSBC, first direct and M&S Bank.

Open Banking APIs are free to use and provide up-to-date information about the location and facilities of our branches and ATMs, detailed product …

The changing face of business - and the part artificial intelligence has to play

<i>Technology is a key topic at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the session on Artificial Intelligence here.</i><p>Artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm Predicts What Happens Next in a Photo and Makes It Into a Video

Imagine if your favorite picture could automatically be converted into a short video and labeled. Sound like a fantasy? Maybe not for much …

HoloPortal brings ‘hologgers’ – step into the first YouTube for VR

HoloPortal: zap a hologram tutor live into your classroom, a yoga instructor into your living room, or a fashion model onto your bed...<p>A video posted …

GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

Seems Alexa’s made her way into everything these days. Between Amazon’s own Echo offerings and an ever-growing array of third-party participation, the steady home automation takeover of the company’s AI assistant appears to be going about as well as could be expected.<p>Between Alexa connected washing …

Smart Homes

This robot lays bricks all day

Robotics

GE made a circular lamp with Alexa in it

Amazon started allowing other companies to build Alexa into their own products last year, and today GE is unveiling what might be the most compelling example yet. It’s a wild LED lamp that’s kind of like what would happen if you attached a large, glowing ring to the top of an Echo Dot.<p>The lamp …

Smart Homes

Microsoft researchers sound off on the next decade in tech

It’s Computer Science Education Week, in case you didn’t know, and in honor of this hallowed period Microsoft is publishing the thoughts of a few of its scientists and engineers on what will change in the tech world over the next decade.<p>Seventeen women were asked to chime in — an effort to …

Machine Learning