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DALER: A bio-inspired robot that can both fly and walk

The issue of how to use one robot across multiple terrains is an ongoing question in robotics research. In a paper published in Bioinspiration and …

Displio Is A Tiny E-Ink Display That Runs Programmable Widgets

I seem to be developing a penchant for these things.<p>The Displio is the latest in a line of Internet-connected ‘displays’ designed to sit on a desk, or perhaps on a shop counter, and exhibit various online information, such as Facebook ‘Likes’, weather, number of unread email, and so on.<p>However, …

Microsoft Reveals Windows Holographic, An Augmented Reality User Interface For The World

Microsoft revealed a version of Windows that blends holograms with real world video to provide users with an augmented reality version of their environment that blends real objects with virtual, and virtual interface elements, information boxes and guidelines viewable via a wearable headset …

Patient 3D prints his own kidney to guide surgeons

Despite having millions of dollars of imaging technology at their disposal, surgeons often have to wait until they open a patient up before deciding the best course of action. Even for the simplest procedure, knowing the actual size and composition of the affected body part can make all the …

15 Products that Will Keep You Toasty Warm this Winter

It’s cold outside. <i>Really</i> cold. Thankfully, there are plenty of products that will help you keep the chills at bay; here are a few of our favorites.<p>1. …

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Cree's affordable smart bulb works with Zigbee and Wink home hubs

Sure, being able to control your lights using an app is cool and all, but smart bulbs are typically (frustratingly!) expensive. If you don't mind getting basic features on a basic bulb, though, Cree has a new $15 option now out at Home Depot -- that's the same price as GE's Link Bulbs and a lot …

Deep-Frying Graphene Spheres For Energy Storage

Materials: Spraying graphene oxide into hot solvent creates high-surface-area graphene particles suitable for building electrodes

Graphene

Read this novel made of GIFs

A sign of the times. The future of storytelling. An attempt at something a little different. None of the above. Whatever the reasoning, Dennis Cooper has decided to craft a novel entirely in GIFs, each one show-and-telling a little bit more of the (sometimes fragmented) story. You can read it …

Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn’t Go The Way Of Skynet

Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has gone on record before proclaiming the potential risks of artificial intelligence, and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The intrepid inventor and entrepreneur announced a donation of $10 million to help fund research to “keep AI …

8 Smart Kitchen Gadgets Of The Future

The Internet of Things has entered the kitchen space. Everything from an app to turn on your coffee maker to a pan that monitors heat on your iPhone to cook the perfect steak is so close we can (almost literally) taste it. Here are some of the top tech gadgets making their way to our cookery in the …

A Bot Bought Illegal Drugs And No One's Sure What to Do About It

Once a week for several months, a bot created by a group of artist-hackers purchased one item selected at random from Agora, a Silk Road-style …

Toyota's VR driving simulator teaches teens to focus on the road

You can tell people that distracted driving is bad and make laws preventing it, but that won't necessarily make the dangers sink in. Toyota thinks it has a way to convey the risks to impressionable minds, however. Its new TeenDrive365 education initiative includes an Oculus Rift-powered virtual …

Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

mpicpp sends word about Google's latest translate technology. <i>"Google is beaming a bit closer to Star Trek's universal translator with the newest</i> …

Sulon’s Cortex Developer Hardware Impresses With A Blend Of AR And VR

The virtual reality space is pretty much Oculus Rift, and then everyone else. Even Sony’s Morpheus VR project was conspicuously absent from CES 2015, but one startup stood up and made sure that there was more to VR at the event than just the excellent Crescent Bay demo: Sulon Technologies were …

Virgin's gyms of the future will use wearables for pretty much everything

Don't believe that wearable technology is the only thing that pub bores will be talking about in 2015? Virgin Active might change your mind, since the company's ready to launch two new gyms that rely upon wrist-worn devices for pretty much everything. The branches, located in Cannon Street and …

Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

<i>Michael Balzer, a former software engineer and Air Force technical instructor, found himself unsatisfied with a doctor's diagnosis of a small tumor</i> …