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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 …

Sony

Robotic studio takes fashion photos without a camera crew

Fashion photography is a time-consuming process, to put it mildly. The constant adjustments to angles and lighting can take ages, and that's not including formatting your photos for different media outlets. StyleShoots might just have the problem licked, though. It's launching Live, a robotic photo …

Photography

The Science of Navy SEAL Superlearning | Jamie Wheal

How long would it take you to master a new language? A year? 18 months? Longer? For a special operator in the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 it used to take …

People Are Freaking Out Over This Song Made From A Unciorn Drawing

Andrew Huang, a multi-talented Canadian musician known for his frequent use of unorthodox instruments, printed the shape of a unicorn mask onto …

Art

Samsung’s latest C-Lab projects embrace augmented and virtual reality

Samsung created C-Lab (that’s Creative Lab) half a decade ago as an attempt to incubate employee creativity within the larger confines of its corporate culture. Among the decided benefits of its place as a giant among consumer electronics companies is the ability to showcase some of the more …

Virtual Reality

"Revealing Invisible Changes In The World"

disruptive innovation

When every innovation claims to be disruptive, disruptive loses its meaning. This is particularly the case in startups, where the word “disruption” …

Innovation

Mondly's VR language-learning app is the closest thing to actual immersion

Experts agree that language learning is best accomplished with full immersion. Most of us, unfortunately, can’t pack up and head to Tokyo for a year to learn Japanese.<p>Mondly, a language-learning app on iOS and Android, thinks VR could help bridge the gap. And today it’s launching an app for Gear VR …

Virtual Reality

BoosterBuddy

Once poverty-stricken, China’s “Taobao villages” have found a lifeline making trinkets for the internet

Heze, China<p>Daiji township, a dusty collection of villages in China’s central heartland plains, is an unlikely candidate to be one of the country’s leading e-commerce hubs.<p>The first word that local residents use to describe the area is “remote.” Until a few years ago, it took an hour to drive to the …

China

Japanese scientists build tiny drone that pollinates like a bee

As concern over dwindling bee populations mounts, a team of chemists at a Japanese institution came up with a robotic solution. They designed …

Drones

Cities need to innovate to survive. Here are four ways they can do it

Alice Charles, Community Lead, Infrastructure and Urban Development, World Economic Forum<p>We are living in an ever increasingly urban world, where …

This Infamous Amsterdam Prison Is Now A Creative Hub For Refugees

What once was an imposing gray building is now Lola Lik, a colorful public space where refugees can share skills and get to know other Amsterdammers.<p>On the night of January 20, a crowd of people gathered in a courtyard in Amsterdam. Under strings of lights, a circus performed for the children, …

Refugees

A Guide To The $13.4 Billion Biodesign Industry

Biodesign is a quickly growing field, and it will rely on designers as much as scientists. Here's our guide to what you need to know.<p>Synthetic biology is a rapidly growing market, expected to reach $13.4 billion by 2019. Often called bioengineering or biodesign, the field is increasingly relevant …

Synthetic Biology

7 Luxury Travel Trends for 2017

Lux is in flux, says Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons. Here’s what to know.<p>Every December, top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, travel agents, and members of the media descend upon Cannes, France, for the annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), the travel industry’s version of the …

Travel

This Astoundingly Complex Visualization Untangles Trump’s Business Ties

Before Donald Trump was the president, he was a businessman. He came to office leading a vast business enterprise that includes real estate, casinos, …

Republican Party

At-Home Fertility Test Turns Your Smartphone Into World's Squirmiest Sea-Monkey Tank

It’s one thing to hear about Michael Phelps winning a gold medal. It’s quite another to actually see him do it.<p>That’s the basic premise of YO Sperm …

Sperm

Bracing for seven critical changes as fintech matures

The fintech sector is being shaped by shifting market conditions, new regulations, and changes in consumer demands and behaviors.<p><b>For the past decade,</b> …

Custom High-Speed Camera Films 'Sonic Boom' of Light for the First Time

Scientists have finally filmed what’s known as a “sonic boom” being created by light. But the breakthrough with the most immediate potential may be …

Science

The genomics intelligence revolution

We’ve entered a new phase in the history of whole genome sequencing (WGS). Consider that researchers at University of Toronto just launched a massive project to sequence the whole genomes of 10,000 people per year. This is truly astounding when you recall that it took 13 years and $3 billion to …

Why Banks are Moving to the Cloud — And Why You Should Too

A major shift is taking place in banking right now. It’s a shift many banks have been pretty hush-hush about until now, and that naysayers said would …

Cloud Computing

Google's New Project Soli Is Mind Blowing - See It In Action

Google is living in the future right now. They're in the middle of developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology that can track movement …

Facebook has a mysterious team working on tech that sounds a lot like mind reading

Mark Zuckerberg's dream of gadgets that let humans read each other's thoughts and communicate with brain waves may be moving closer to reality.<p>A secretive hardware research division that Facebook created last year is developing "brain-computer interface" technology that sounds a lot like the mind …

Facebook

How to Avoid Getting Stuck in the Trap of Bad First Ideas

By Levi van VeluwSometimes your very first idea is <i>the one</i>. The first business name that sprung serendipitously to mind, the first illustration …

Creativity

A Designer's Guide To Tech In 2017

We spoke to designers in attendance at this year's Consumer Electronics Show about the products they were most looking forward to and why.<p>This year's Consumer Electronics Show brought 170,000 people to the city of Las Vegas to peruse the latest tech offerings under the fluorescent lighting of the …

Design

Google's new image compression tool uses 75% less bandwidth

HooliGoogle just released an image compression technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution) designed to save your precious data without sacrificing photo quality.<p>Claiming to use up to 75 percent less bandwidth, RAISR analyzes both low and high-quality versions of the same …

Google

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