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Amazing $2,000 speaker is worth every penny

Best List: Phantom speaker by Devialet<p>A whispered conversation in a library is about 30 decibels. A normally loud chat comes in at around 65 decibels. A jackhammer at 50 feet is 95 decibels, and also the loudness at which our ears can get damaged with prolonged exposure.<p>The Phantom speaker I’ve …

Study: A Tesla Powerwall pays for itself after nearly 40 years (Update)

The Tesla Powerwall promises to power your home in a more efficient, green way than traditional energy options, all for a manageable cost. The Institute for Energy Research looked into the numbers and found that it would take 38 years for the Powerwall to pay for itself if your home isn't already …

Clean Energy

Use The Force (and an Apple Watch) to fly this drone

A team of researchers in Taiwan have managed to turn an Apple Watch into a sensor that can be used to control a drone using only hand gestures, reports Reuters.<p>PVD+, a team of technologists and engineers worked with National Chung Hsing University to develop a programming language they called Dong, …

Here's what's going to happen to SpaceX's history-making rocket

On Monday, Elon Musk's SpaceX had the biggest rocket launch and landing in history. After shooting one of its Falcon 9 rockets into space, SpaceX then turned part of the rocket, called the first stage, around for an epic landing at its Landing Zone 1.<p>The big idea behind it is to spawn a fleet of …

Space Travel

BBC iPlayer app comes to Apple TV

The BBC's iPlayer app has been released for the fourth-generation of Apple TV, as the set top box aims to ward off competition from Amazon, Google and Sky<p>The BBC's iPlayer app is finally coming to the fourth generation of Apple TV, allowing viewers to catch up with BBC programming through the set …

You might soon be able to ride first class in a glass pod atop a plane, if you're into that

When flying, it seems logical that most passengers would want to remain in the cabin area. Not so, says Windspeed, an aerospace engineering company.<p>Windspeed is in talks with one aircraft maker to offer a rather outside-the-plane alternative to conventional seating arrangements, at least for two …

See the invisible wireless signals around you with this augmented reality app

The human eye is remarkable, but it only lets us see a very small sliver of electromagnetic waves. It's nearly impossible to imagine what our world would look like if we could see beyond the visible spectrum, but a new app called Architecture of Radio does give us a taste.<p>The app offers an …

Augmented Reality

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Wi-Fi

Formula E announces the world's first driverless car racing series

Ten teams will compete before each race of the 2016-2017 season<p>Formula E, the global all-electric racing series, has partnered with a company called Kinetik to form the world's first driverless car racing series. The new support series, called Roborace, will run its races before scheduled Formula E …

Autonomous Cars

Tattoo prototype turns body art into a fitness tracker

Tattoos that marry art with technology are nothing new at this point. We've seen Motorola show off a tattoo designed to unlock your smartphone and …

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below), consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule, to the edge of space at a suborbital altitude of …

Space Travel

A German rock band made of robots is raising money on Kickstarter to build themselves a singer

Compressorhead is the work of three German artists and engineers who built and maintain the existing band members: lead guitarist "Fingers," bass player "Bones," and drummer "Stickboy."<p>The band wants to release an album of music, but it doesn't have a singer. The artists behind Compressorhead are …

Bass Guitar

Ralph Lauren and Oak Labs launch the fitting room of the future

A new startup called Oak Labs is bringing smart dressing rooms to Ralph Lauren and the broader retailer landscape ahead of the holidays.<p>To compare Oak Labs mirror to <i></i>character <i></i>Cher Horowitz’s computerized closet in the movie <i>Clueless</i> is a disservice. The mirrors are far more technologically advanced …

Volvo 'Time Machine' Revolutionizes The Way We Won't Drive

What would you do with 26 minutes of your morning and evening commute if you were encouraged to take your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road? That’s the problem drivers will have when autonomous cars take over much of the daily drive, and it’s the one that Volvo is trying to solve with …

Autonomous Cars

Verizon Giving $6 Million to a Dozen Startups Using Mobile Technology to Save Lives

Lifeguard drones, farm animal trackers and smart baby onesies are among the finalists in this year's contest.<p>A drone that acts as a lifeguard, a Wi-Fi network that can be airdropped into a disaster and ten other potentially life-saving startup ideas are set to share in $6 million in prizes thanks …

Mobile

Wearable tech takes flight as UK airline EasyJet debuts LED and sensor-studded uniforms

Crew at the short-haul airline could soon be sporting wearable tech to help light up your flight.<p>Wearable technology is about to take off. UK airline EasyJet is sending new uniforms down the runway that are covered with LED lights and built-in sensors.<p>Budget flyer EasyJet, founded in 1995 by the …

Wearable Tech

Pillow Talk connects distant lovers as they drift to sleep

Sharing your heartbeat with your loved one(s) via the Apple Watch has largely been discarded as a gimmick by many. Pillow Talk is a new product that takes the same idea and may be a lot more compelling to those separated from their significant other.<p>You and your S.O. go to your separate beds with …

New wireless earbuds conform to your ears in 60 seconds

Finding the right earphones is tricky business. Your options are basically limitless and everybody has their own favorite brand or shape. The only problem is, where half the world might love a particular kind the other half could hate it. Startup Revols says it's because our ear shape is just as …

Custom circuit board printer takes out 2015 James Dyson Award

A team of Canadian engineers has taken out one of the world's top design prizes with a 3D printer that prints out customised circuit boards with the press of a button.<p>"If you need a custom circuit board, just press print."<p>That's the sales pitch behind the Voltera V-One, a tabletop machine that …

3D Printing

Microbot Push Enables Any Manual Switch To Be Controlled Remotely (video)

After first being unveiled back in August of this year the very unique Microbot Push button and switch remote controls have now finally launched by …

Home Automation

Gogoro: More than the Tesla of scooters

Founded by Microsoft and HTC alumni in Taiwan, Gogoro's electric scooter is slick, stylish and might also usher in a portable power revolution.<p>The Gogoro Smartscooter is refined, stylish and edgy, like the love child of an iPhone and a Vespa with the detail-oriented hallmarks of a European luxury …

Electric Vehicles

Meet Chronos, the adhesive disk that can make almost any watch more like an Apple Watch

Traditional watch fans no longer have to consider forgoing their expensive wrist-wear to have technology on their arm. Chronos, a small disk that fits on the underside of any watch, brings core smartwatch functionality without making you decide on a platform.<p>At a mere 3mm thin and 33mm in diameter, …

uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how …

Engineering

Augmented reality device turns your arm into a keyboard

Japanese electronics maker NEC has unveiled a unique input mechanism that allows you to type on your arm using augmented reality.<p>The system is called …

Adidas is carving shoes out of a single piece of leather with a high tech milling machine

Adidas may be showing off the future of shoe manufacturing with their latest Futurecraft video, Futurecraft Leather. Using high powered milling machines, normally reserved for industrial design, a computer sculpts away at a solid piece of leather. As the pieces fall away, a futuristic sneaker is …

Shoes

Mobile technology in the next 30 years

The year was 1985 -- <i>a-ha</i> were racing to the top of the music charts with their smash-hit "Take on Me", Roger Moore was appearing in what was to be …

Michael J. Fox

British green tech millionaire: The Tory government is rigging the energy markets

Dale Vince, the boss of the world's first green energy company Ecotricity, told Business Insider exactly why he is not only not surprised that the Conservative-led government decided pull out of one of the most burgeoning developing sectors for Britain and the rest of the world but also how the …

Renewable Energy

Apple’s Marc Newson Designs Some Very Jetsonian Kitchen Appliances

Marc Newson, the prolific designer whose portfolio includes everything from pens and power boats to jetpacks and, most recently, the Apple Watch, has turned his hand to kitchen appliances. His matching toaster and kettle set for venerable Australian house goods company Sunbeam is decidedly more …

Product Design

Startup says rooms on wheels are the future of self-driving cars (Tomorrow Daily 270)

Ashley discusses an out-of-the-box idea for a futuristic autonomous car, a kiosk that paints pictures on your nails in a snap and Tesla's plan to curb irresponsible drivers abusing its autopilot feature.

Tesla

Hi-tech backpack that becomes a frontpack invented by British engineer

"We want to be the Cambridge Satchel Company for backpacks," says Wolffepack founder<p>A British inventor is hoping to emulate the success of multi-million-pound brand Cambridge Satchel Company with his new take on the humble backpack.<p>David Wolffe, a Cambridge engineering graduate, quit his corporate …