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Watch This Futuristic Hoverbike Ace Its Test Flight

Think of it as half drone, half motorcycle: A new hoverbike prototype aims to make flying as simple as riding a bike.<p>Hoversurf, a Russian drone startup, recently unveiled its Scorpion-3 hoverbike in a test-flight video — making it the first manned quadcopter that has undergone testing, reported …

Drones

VR and Venice -- Coming to a Gondola Near You if the Tourism Industry Has Its Way

"People always say, 'Where are you?' and not, 'What are you looking at?'"<p>It has long been contended that virtual reality would open new doors for marketing. Find people with VR headsets, the line of thinking goes, and you can make them believe they’re in the ad, rather than just passively observing …

Back Up And Sync Your Files Inside A Mason Jar With Raspberry Preserve

Do you like the concept of backup services like Dropbox or Box but don’t want to relinquish control of your data? Well now you can keep your files safely stored in your own pantry, right next to your jars of fruits and vegetables.<p>An innovative DIYer has figured out a way to skillfully merge a …

Anki Overdrive blends robotic racing with video game hooks

Back in February, Anki gave us a sneak peek at Anki Overdrive, the second generation version of its robotic race cars. It's introducing new toy vehicles, new gameplay mechanics, a new app and new modular race tracks that let players design their own custom race circuits. Today, Anki has announced …

Fox US Open broadcast has live VR streams, drones and 4K cameras

We haven't connected cutting edge TV tech to golf much since 3D met the Masters, but Fox is promising a live streaming virtual reality setup this weekend during the US Open tournament. It's working with NextVR -- the same company that brought a Malibu beach sunrise streaming live in 180-degree VR …

Skype's real-time translator now speaks French and German

After adding Italian and Chinese support a couple of months ago, Microsoft is now bringing French and German to its Skype Translator app. That brings the total number of languages to six, with English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish all supported, nearly 30 percent of the world’s …

Translation

BBC experiment lets you control iPlayer with your mind

Instead of grabbing the remote or poking at your smartphone, the BBC thinks the future of TV navigation could lie in mind control. For its latest experiment, the broadcaster is testing a brainwave reading headset developed by This Place that lets you launch iPlayer and choose programmes with your …

Guitar Hero Live's GHTV mode explained

WIRED.co.uk is investigating the latest video games and most interesting developments at E3 2015. For more E3 coverage visit our E3 2015 hub.<p>One of …

Blood clots on a chip may mean better life-saving drugs

A device the size of a memory stick could shake up drug testing<p>Emulate, Inc. wants to miniaturize our bodily functions. The tech company is commercializing Harvard-pioneered technology known as Organs-on-Chips — a method of simulating organ systems on tiny microchips — and it now has used the …

Alibaba's Next Bet: Humanoid Robots

What is the next nascent technology that will eventually take off worldwide? To Alibaba’s Jack Ma, the answer is humanoid robots.<p>The Chinese e-commerce titan and Foxconn Technology will each invest $117.8 million in Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank’s robotics unit, Softbank Robotics …

Robotics

Xiaomi's action cam bests a GoPro Hero for half the price

Xiaomi has unleashed a 399 CNY ($64) action cam onto unsuspecting cats in China, but will it join the Mi band in the US? The Yi Camera actually trumps the specs of GoPro's entry-level camera with 1080P, 60fps video and up to 64GB of memory at about half the price (the $130 Hero has 1080/30p video …

Google planning to sell wireless phone service, reports say

Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.<p>If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better …

This Lego Robot Thinks Like A Worm—And Soon You Can Build Your Own

Inching toward AI success<p>A Lego robot programmed to act like a roundworm may signal the next big leap for artificial intelligence.<p>The Open Worm Project is a group of programmers and scientists who have been developing an open-source virtual worm. Last year, the team was able to control a Lego robot …

Lego

UCLA institute to help biologists, doctors mine 'big data'

Millions upon millions of medical records and test results. Countless DNA sequences. Hard drives stuffed with images of all kinds — pictures of cells, scans of body parts. It's all part of the deluge of information often known as "big data," an ever-growing stockpile of digital material that …

Big Data

Intel is swarming wearables as part of its Internet of Things strategy

Intel missed being the leader in mobile tech, but it doesn’t want to miss the wearables wave. So the company is investing heavily in components for wearables, and that strategy is integrated with the company’s larger mission of providing tech for the Internet of Things (IoT), or connected everyday …

Coldplay and NextVR release virtual reality concert for Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality isn’t just about games. NextVR is releasing a Coldplay concert in VR using the Samsung Gear VR gadget to prove that.<p>Laguna Beach, Calif.-based NextVR has created a way to capture and then deliver live concert performances using special cameras. It can then play back the concert — in …

This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric

Gallery: This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric<p>Gallery: This 3D printed plastic dress flows like fabric<p>+ 3<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>The design studio Nervous …

Scientists are making incredible movies of molecules using X-rays

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory<p>If you thought you knew what high-res slow-motion video looks like, think …

Big video data could change how we do everything — from catching bad guys to tracking shoppers

Everyone takes pictures and video with their devices. Parents record their kids’ soccer games, companies record employee training, police surveillance cameras at busy intersections run 24/7, and drones monitor pipelines in the desert.<p>With vast amounts of video growing vaster at a rate faster than …

Why privacy is like the frog in the pot of boiling water

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Toa55<p>There’s a well-known anecdote that has been used to describe the gradual shifting of our world, from …

TZOA is a wearable that tells you where to find clean air

Some mornings, you wake up, walk outside and breathe in a hearty lungful of dirty, smog-heavy air. It's almost tasteless, but it can still wreak havoc on your respiratory conditions. What if you could avoid those nasty, unseen pockets of nasty air? That's sort of the idea behind the TZOA, a …

8 Ways to Evaluate Technical Employees

At many startups, technical hires are the backbone of the business. Their role is critical. But if you don’t have a foundation in tech yourself, how do you measure their success beyond just delivering a successful product? What factors should influence how you evaluate their performance?<p>To learn …

With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid

A new startup wants to evolve open-source methods, adding a wide range of skills and profit sharing<p>The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often …

Let's check out the new modes in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Our review of <i>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</i> is on hold until the game's online components are switched on — but we can still showcase the new stuff in this version of Nintendo's cross-franchise fighting game. In the above video, we run through some of the content that wasn't in last month's 3DS …

Facebook is kicking its drone business into high gear

Facebook is bulking up its drone team.<p>The company has posted more than a dozen jobs for aeronautical engineers, technicians and other specialists for its drone business. It's all part of Facebook's plan to connect the whole world to the Internet using drones, lasers and satellites.<p>Facebook (FB) …

This Device Creates A 3-D Soundscape To Help Blind People Navigate Through Cities

Pulling location data from streetlights, stores, and buses, it translates them into sound.<p>For someone who can’t see, meeting a friend on the other side of town can mean step after step of stressful navigation: Finding a bus stop, figuring out what’s going on if the bus is delayed, getting through …

Smart Cities

As Liberian schools remain closed, tablets could become digital classroom

Schools in Liberia have been closed since July as the country has confronted a deadly Ebola outbreak that, so far, has killed nearly 3,000 …