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Parrot Introduces Oculus Rift-Enabled Drone

Parrot has unveiled its most advanced drone yet.<p>The Bebop is tricked out with an HD video camera, built-in GPS, an array of image-stabilizing sensors …

Skylens heads-up display helps pilots 'see' through the fog

Thanks to instrumentation, flying blind in bad weather isn't the problem it used to be, but pilots still suffer the unfortunate effects of spatial disorientation. Not being able to see where you're going causes people to lose their sense of balance and direction, which can sometimes lead to fatal …

Sony's Project Morpheus brings virtual reality to mainstream console gaming

After 30 years in the geek wilderness, virtual reality entertainment is suddenly being taken extremely seriously.<p>In March, the independent manufacturer of a forthcoming VR gaming headset, the Oculus Rift, was bought by Facebook for $2bn. Later that month, Brendan Iribe, the Oculus CEO, claimed that …

Robot hand and arm gets official approval

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1075000/1075945_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534414575_38280e37a312c435777c6bd63fd6b357<p><b>A robot arm capable of picking up delicate objects has been approved for use by US medical authorities.</b><p>The Deka Arm has fingers that can move …

Plastic, Heal Thyself

A new polymer can seal much bigger holes than previous self-repairing plastics.<p>Machines that can fix themselves are such staples in fantastic fiction that the concept has its own name at TV Tropes (the 'net's ultimate guide to fiction cliches): Self Healing Phlebotinum.<p>In reality, chemists and …

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What you need to know about smart guns

It's increasingly difficult to have a rational discussion about gun violence. Thankfully for us, we're not here to do that. We're here to explain what the concept of a smart gun is, beyond what you've seen in hit Sylvester Stallone film <i>Judge Dredd</i>. Lost amid the shouting and hand-wringing of …