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Google patents creepy smart toys that interact with kids

Nexus Ruxpin? Google's mad science X division is, er, toying with the idea of smart teddy bears in one of its strangest patents yet. In response to junior's voice or movements, "the anthropomorphic device may aim its gaze at the source of the social cue," then "interpret the command (via its …

Google's self-driving cars are coming to public roads in California this summer

Google's self-driving cars are almost ready to appear on public roads.<p>The autonomous two-seaters have so far been confined to the test track, but …

Autonomous Cars

NASA conference will discuss how to manage drone traffic

Someday, commercial drones might become so prevalent, it would be impossible to look up without seeing at least one in the sky. NASA and a number of drone enthusiasts believe that in order to keep those UAVs, well, orderly and away from restricted locations (here's a tip: don't fly near the White …