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This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour — and it's already being prototyped

Move over, Elon Musk. A German startup developing an electric, car-sized aircraft that can take off and land vertically just received a prestigious award — and the technology is seriously impressive.<p>Founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 2015, Lilium is developing the aircraft as a new form of …

Aviation

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

Wearable Tech

Google can turn an ordinary PC into a deep learning machine

Time is one of the biggest obstacles to the adoption of deep learning. It can take days to train one of these systems even if you have massive computing power at your disposal -- on more modest hardware, it can take weeks. Google might just fix that. It's releasing an open source tool, …

Machine Learning

These Earbuds Will Give You Bionic Super-Hearing

<b>Correction appended Wednesday, March 2</b><p>The world is a prison. As I close my front gate, it slams like a heavy cell door securing itself shut. My …

Consumer Tech

Physicist George Ellis Knocks Physicists for Knocking Philosophy, Falsification, Free Will

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, whom I interviewed in my last post, wasn't the only fascinating scientist I hung out with recently at Howthelightgetsin, …

Physics

The 1-page usability test plan

How to sleep better at night<p>A week or so before a usability test, I often have a least one bad night’s sleep where I wake up worrying that I’ve …

Lesson 2 — Find balance in your design team

Stop looking for a UX designer and get more specific with your needs.<p><i>This is the second post in the Effective Design series. If you haven’t read</i> …

UX Design

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior Revealed, All-Glass Dash Display: Video

How do you interpret "modern luxury" when consumer electronics change every 18 months but a luxury car has to last 15 years?<p>That was the challenge …

Lockheed Mounted A Laser Turret On Business Jet

Just for testing<p>Lasers could be the future of aerial warfare. Defense giant Lockheed Martin, which has already tested a directed energy weapon (or laser) on the ground, announced yesterday 60 successful tests of a laser turret on a business jet between 2014 and 2015. While the turret only fired a …

Artificial Intelligence

3D print your own jewelry? This startup says yes

Brian Park was a product manager for social video game company Zynga for a year and a half before he saw opportunity knocking in a field in which he …

3D Printing

Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now.

So which one are we (we human beings, I mean)?<p>Infinitesimal<p>String scale<p>Nanoscale<p>Subatomic scale<p>Atomic<p>Molecular<p>Mitochondrial<p>Cellular<p>Microscopic<p>Minuscule<p>Tiny<p>Lilliputian<p>Small<p>Medium<p>Bulky<p>Large<p>Immense<p>Massive<p>Giant<p>Mammoth<p>Colossal<p>Leviathan<p>Vast<p>Galactic<p>Cosmic<p>Universal<p>Well, it depends on who’s asking. To a …

Japan Display crammed 8K into a 17-inch LCD

In 2015, we want our displays to be sharper, brighter and even wrapped around the edges of our smartphones (maybe). Now, Japan Display has pushed the limits of screen resolution yet again by announcing a 17.3-inch 8K LCD module capable of running at a smooth frame rate of 120Hz. If you're trying to …

Symetium Smartphone PC Merges Your Mobile and PC Experiences into One Device

We have featured Symetium Smartphone PC sometime ago, this time, we’d like to give you an update for the next version and how to order one. That’s …

Can droplets that 'dance' purify water? - Futurity

Water droplets can dance themselves off fibers—as long as the fibers are thin and hydrophobic enough. Can the discovery be used to purify water?

Want Kids To Be More Interested In STEM Classes? There’s An App For That

The New York Hall of Science teams up with Local Projects to leverage the way kids naturally play to teach math and science concepts.<p>On a sweltering day in late July, a group of 9th and 10th graders gather around an iPad inside of the otherwise empty International School of Science in Queens. …

Apps

Awesome Swing-Arm Design Alleviates a Major Ergonomic Flaw of Backpacks

You don't have to wriggle out of the Paxis to access it<p>Most backpacks are designed while ignoring a simple ergonomic reality: One must shrug out of …

Industrial Design

Google's making it easy for you to get solar panels onto your roof

Adding solar panels to your roof can be frustrating, since it's often difficult to know if your home receives enough light to justify the investment. Google Maps, however, has satellite, navigation and sunlight data for every property in the world, so it's ideally placed to tell you how many rays …

A beginner’s guide to understanding UX design

If you are thinking of working on your conversion optimization and landing page optimization, understanding UX design is essential. As you know, we write a lot about the user, the single visitor that arrives on your site or landing page and needs to be triggered and helped around. UX design helps …

UX Design

The Burgeoning Invisible App Market

Today’s “invisible app” market could be classified as a passing trend, but it might also be the beginning of a significant multi-year shift in how we transact when we’re away from our computers. This shift applies to mobile devices, email, home devices like the Amazon Echo and even wearables like …

Artificial Intelligence

Huge virtual reality entertainment center debuts in Australia

A new “free-roam” gaming center in Melbourne, Australia called Zero Latency has opened to the public, designed to offer a genuinely immersive virtual reality experience in a large space. Its players testify that it’s “like literally being in a video game.”<p>The center — tested in advance of its …

This new camera sensor could turn your phone into a 3D scanner

Let's say you want to 3D print a replica of an object in your home. The first step, of course, is capturing a detailed 3D scan — a process that's currently accomplished to varying degrees of accuracy with a desktop unit or more expensive and bulky professional models. But with a new "camera sensor" …

3D Scanners

Fogo’s Modular Flashlight Launches On Kickstarter

Fogo Digital, who you may remember as a competitor in this year’s CES Hardware Battlefield, has launched their smart flashlight on Kickstarter.<p>For those with fuzzy memories, Fogo’s flashlight comes with GPS receiver and screen for showing your coordinates, a USB port for charging your phone from …

Crowd Funding

NASA Begins Flight Testing of Shape-Shifting Wings

NASA’s green aviation project, together with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys, Inc, is one step closer to demonstrating …

Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air powertrain nixed

Here’s some deflating news that has nothing to do with the New England Patriots.<p>PSA Peugeot Citroen has put its Hybrid Air powertrain on indefinite …

Fuel Efficiency