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Feels like flying: FlyJacket exosuit lets you control a drone with your body

Researchers have come up with a wearable exoskeleton designed for control of a fixed wing drone. Named FlyJacket, the device is designed to help …

Drones

Auberon exoskeleton takes the strain out of firefighting in towering infernos

Bounding up numerous flights of stairs when the elevator is out is punishing enough for our legs and lungs, but imagine having to do so while …

Exoskeletons

Viz Palette: The Ultimate Tool For Anyone Who Works With Color

Two data viz specialists at Netflix have published a new color analysis tool that anyone can use.<p>Humans are visual creatures, and today, when the national conversation is framed by data-driven topics like climate change, data security, and gerrymandering, data visualization has never been more …

Data Visualization

Glitch makes programming on the web fun again

Glitch is a simple and powerful open-source canvas for experimenting on the web—and after a year of beta testing, it's ready for artists and coders …

Beta Testing

Created With Artificial Intelligence, This 'New' Grimm's Fairy Tale Is Strange but Magical

It’s the story of a lonely princess, a talking fox, and probably some Transformers or something. Anything is on the table when artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Instagram celebrity “Lil Miquela” has had her account hacked

The Instagram account for the virtual celebrity known as Lil Miquela has been hacked.<p>The multi-racial fashionista and advocate for multiculturalism, whose account is followed by nearly 1 million people, has had “her” account taken over by another animated Instagram account holder named …

Social Media

Better-performing mapping system searches the streets

When it comes to making city maps based on aerial photos, manually tracing all the roads can be quite the hassle. As a result, we're now seeing …

Artificial Intelligence

SMASHmouse keeps musicians' hands free to play

If you're trying to learn a musical instrument from an online tutorial, it can be frustrating whenever you have to take your hands off that …

Handsfree

The Army is building 3D printed soft robots

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has teamed up with the University of Minnesota to explore the wonders of soft robots. The teams have published a study describing their findings as they look to build invertebrate-inspired robotics able to squeeze into and maneuver around obstacles.<p>“Successful …

Robotics

Honda's Two Design Approaches to Help Stroke Victims Walk

From their experimental robot come helpful exoskeleton legs<p>Most people think of Honda as a car and motorcycle company, but they view themselves as a …

Prototypes

GuestFriend automates chatbot creation for restaurants

While chatbots might sound like an interesting experiment for restaurants and other small businesses, they probably can’t devote much time or money to building them. So a startup called GuestFriend is planning to make the process as fast and easy as possible.<p>The company has raised $5 million in …

Chatbots

Minds aims to decentralize the social network

Decentralization is the buzzword <i>du jour</i>. Everything – from our currencies to our databases – are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix.<p>Ottman, an intense young man with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of …

Social Media

Nanofilm recycles electronic waste heat as electricity

Waste heat generated by electronics is a big problem. Not only can it damage components if it gets out of hand, but it represents a large amount of …

Clean Energy

Instead of stealing instruments, musicians turn to Splice

“The percentage of Top 40 music made with our platform blows my mind,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci. He tells me about some bedroom music producers who were “working at Olive Garden until they put sounds on Splice .” Soon they quit their jobs because they were earning enough from artists …

Music Production

Smart Speakers Are a Great Tool for the Visually Impaired

Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren’t great options for the visually impaired. …

Amazon Echo

Artificial intelligence lets smartphone microscopes produce lab-quality images

There are now various attachments that allow you to capture microscope-scale images with your smartphone. Unfortunately, however, the limitations of …

Artificial Intelligence

UK Government Proposes Five Basic Principles to Keep Humans Safe From AI

A new report by the Lords Select Committee in the UK claims that Britain is in a strong position to be a world leader in the development of …

Artificial Intelligence

Gaming Suit Adds Tactile Element To VR Experiences

With Hardlight VR's new suit, gamers will be able to feel the weight of a sword or a shot to the chest through haptic feedback

Virtual Reality

How Douyin became one of China’s top micro-video apps in 500 days

If you’re on Chinese social media like WeChat and Weibo, you’ve probably stumbled upon a 15-second video of your twenty-something friend that goes …

China

this solar-powered car can reach 100km/h with no battery

<b>emerging from the prototype vehicles lab (otherwise known as PROVE Lab) at california polytechnic state university, a group of students have created</b> …

Solar Panels

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” …

Quantum Mechanics

A Breakthrough in 3D Printing Liquids Could Lead to Squishy, Flexible Gadgets

The most common types of 3D printing involve either extruding melted plastic or using a laser to solidify tiny particles, layer by layer, to slowly …

3D Printing

3D printed metamaterials can be switched on and off to block out sound

<b>researchers from the USC viterbi school of engineering have developed new 3D printed acoustic metamaterials that are able to be remotely switched on</b> …

Nanotech

This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

<i>The Flintstones</i>, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed <i>The Jetsons</i>, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to …

Artificial Intelligence

"High-definition" vinyl is coming to drag your turntable into the 21st century

Austrian company Rebeat is looking to fundamentally change the way vinyl records are mastered, promising to bring what it calls "HD vinyl" to stores …

Audiophile

Chinese Police Say Face Recognition Identified Suspect Out of Crowd of 50,000

Chinese police say they used facial recognition to identify, then arrest a man attending a crowded concert in Nanchang, China’s third largest city.</i> …

Machine Perception

HelpSelf uses simple AI to help those in legal trouble

HelpSelf is a AI-assisted legal app that helps you deal with simple issues. Need protection against debt collectors? Need an expungement? Want to deal with domestic violence? This robot can help.<p>The project is an “automated legal technology company” that automates simple legal procedures. They …

Domestic Violence

Let this AI color your line art

Paintschainer attempts to intelligently colorize artwork that you upload. It's very good at tight line art (such as the flowery anime portraits …

Psychedelia

This AI Paints Like The Old Masters. Can You Tell The Difference?

Hint: Look for the goatee.<p>Discussions of AI and machine learning are often buttoned-up–and for good reason, considering their society-shaping impact. But art made by neural networks has become a field in its own right, full of people training algorithms to emulate people’s faces, fireworks, and …

Art

Clear, durable "omniphobic" coating repels almost any liquid

Our phones follow us everywhere – which often puts them in the line of fire for spilt drinks or rain. But now a team at the University of Michigan …

Nanotech