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This ingenious illustration reveals how much space we give to cars

Whether you're in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are designed for cars instead of pedestrians.<p>An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:<p>In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and …

Urban Design

The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women

This Insanely Detailed Animation Is Made From Only 4096 Bytes of Code

The demoscene is an internet subculture that has managed to stay cool for decades. And as the winning entry in a recent demo competition in Tokyo …

Why China is beating the U.S. at innovation

China is surpassing the U.S. in new product research and development. Could this have an impact on the U.S. economy? USA TODAY<p>For decades, America lost factories and jobs to China but retained a coveted title: the world's leader in inventing and commercializing new products.<p>Now, even that status …

Innovation

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

Machine Learning

Here's How The Internet of Things Is Transforming Industries You Would Never Think Of

There's potential to unleash a new revolution in productivity<p>I was eleven years old when my family got its first computer in 1981. It didn't do much. Mostly, I used it for writing reports for school and playing video games. My dad also ran some spreadsheets to help him run his business, but for the …

Internet of Things
Genetics
FinTech

Tracking Air Pollution With the Pigeon Patrol | That's Amazing

More than five million people die every year from pollution-related illnesses, and nearly 10,000 of those deaths occur in London. But Romain LaCombe …

Lemmings in HoloLens Adds New Dimension to Animal Suicide

One of the most exciting things about HoloLens is that no one is entirely sure what to do with it. It’s a game-changing device that’s bound to bring …

Augmented Reality

AI is one step closer to mastering StarCraft

Tech titans around the world are racing to claim this prize<p>Last year, Alphabet’s DeepMind division captured the world’s attention by besting humanity’s top player in the game of Go. The achievement, which many experts predicted was still a decade off, showed the rapid progress being made in the …

Artificial Intelligence

Dancers Instantly Swap Freaky Face Masks Using a Face-Tracking Projector

Costume-changes during a live performance are fast and frenetic, limiting how elaborate makeup and outfits can be. But for this performance by …

Cool Stuff

Photovoltaic ink could lead to easy solar panel manufacture

Easily scalable processing could make for rapid panel production.<p>Currently, silicon is the dominant technology for photovoltaic solar power. There …

Solar Power

For Amputees, Reactivating the Sense of Touch

How to save 51B lives for 68 cents with simple Engineering

Volumetric capture is the swift kick in the butt VR so desperately needs

Throw your 360-degree videos in the trash. VR documentaries just got way better.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—As has become standard at my job, I recently strapped …

A New Technique Captures Stunning Timelapse Footage of the Smallest Living Things

Microscopes let us observe some of the smallest objects in our universe, but with limitations when it comes to movements that can take hours, days, …

Brilliant Motion-Tracking Dart Board Guarantees a Bullseye With Every Throw

A night at a local pub isn’t complete without a few rounds of darts, but as your blood-alcohol level rises, your ability to hit the bullseye greatly …

Disney's New Rolling Robot Climbs Walls Like a Gecko

Not even walls can stop Disney’s and ETH Zurich’s new four-wheeled robot called VertiGo that can quickly transition from rolling on the ground to …

Robotics

Watch This Guy Catch a Virtual Reality Ball That Turns Out to Be Real

When you strap on all of the gear required for a modern, immersive, virtual reality experience, you’re all but completely blind to the real world. …

This Coffee Shop Is Staffed Entirely By New Refugees, To Help Them Get On Their Feet

1951 Coffee Company was founded by refugee workers to help give financial stability to people who have fled to the U.S. with nothing.<p>The refugee crisis takes on a new meaning in light of Trump’s immigration ban — no longer do we only imagine Syrian refugees traveling by boat, but we also imagine …

Empty talk on innovation is killing Canada’s economic prosperity

<i>Jim Balsillie is former co-CEO of BlackBerry and co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.</i><p>If overuse of the word “innovation” was our only problem, Canadians would not have much to fear. What we should fear is a stubborn reliance on 19th- and 20th-century policy strategies that have …

Hackers Can Now Use Sound Waves to Take Control of Your Smartphone

There’s an old mantra in the security world that anything can be hacked. And the more complex our devices become, the more methods hackers dream up …

MIT Found a Way to Make Virtual Characters Interact With Background Video

One of the obvious tells that a computer-generated character isn’t real is the lack of interaction with the background they’ve been added to. It’s …

This Hololens Gate App Will Make You Experience Vertigo

You might have seen the very cool simulation of <i>Portal</i> in Hololens recently. White it demonstrated the ways in which Microsoft’s augmented reality …

Colored Light Makes This Magical Origami Fold Itself One Step at a Time

Much like cassette tapes, land lines, and broadcast TV, one day, “some assembly required” might be a phrase that’s completely foreign to kids, as …

20 Brilliant Product Designs To Problems You Never Knew Existed

These clever product designs tackle problems you might never even thought existed. From treating trash as a currency to pay for your subway ticket to …

Ads Will Be Even Harder to Escape Now That Posters Can Hijack FM Radio

Visual ads like signs, posters, and billboards are easy to ignore—you just need to look away. But what if a poster for a concert started broadcasting …

University of Washington

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 …

Sony