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Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

Robots can already vacuum your house and drive your car. Soon, they will be your companions.<p>The Japanese crowd sits hushed and somber as the character on stage turns away from his co-star, an actress seated on the floor in front of a small table. He lowers his head, then turns to face the audience …

What does your personal dialect sound like? - The Fox Is Black

The New York Times has put together a quick, 25 question quiz that’s able to detect where your personal dialect is from (sadly, U.S. only). I’d say I …

When Efficient is an Understatement

The NTNU student team’s entry for the Shell Eco Marathon can travel nearly 1000 miles on the equivalent energy of just one liter of gas! How is that …

Jenna Lucado Bishop - Blog

The first lesson I learned after my Rosie entered this world: medical doctors are not as smart as I thought.<p>Twenty-four hours after this tiny, …

How Researchers Built An Invisibility Cloak For Sound

Duke University researchers invent a cloak-like structure that could be used to improve everything from defense technology to acoustics in concert halls.<p>Technology for an invisibility cloak hasn’t yet been perfected, but researchers at Duke University have just invented what they’re calling the …

This Origami Microscope Costs Just $3, But It Can Diagnose Malaria

The Foldscope is constructed out of greeting card paper, a watch battery, and a dirt cheap lens. But don’t be fooled, you can use it to detect more than 20 diseases.<p>Many of the world’s most fatal and gruesome infectious diseases can be detected with a simple microscope. Doctors, though, often skip …

A Printer That Develops Your iPhone Pics Into Lasting Polaroids

Previously on Kickstarter and finally available for order, the Impossible Lab is an analog gadget that lets you print Polaroids from your iPhone. It’s brilliant. Here’s why.<p>There are plenty of ways to turn an iPhone picture into a Polaroid-like print, from online services like Moo to portable Wi-Fi …

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Samsung’s Ultrasonic Smartphone Case Helps The Visually Impaired Sense Their Surroundings

Samsung has developed a smartphone case that helps the visually impaired by enhancing their awareness of their surroundings. The Ultrasonic Cover for its Galaxy Core Advance smartphone helps owners sense the presence of people and objects up to two meters away.<p>The cover includes a number of …

Visa and MasterCard use Android KitKat to make mobile payments easier

Visa and MasterCard are trying to make mobile payments a lot more accessible today as they both announce support for a new way to pay over NFC. Both companies are beginning to allow their cards to be stored in the cloud for NFC payments, letting even more consumers check out at stores just by …

Google will explore bringing Fiber to 34 new cities including Portland and Atlanta

Google just announced that it's invited nine metro areas across the US to explore "what it would take" to bring its Google Fiber gigabit internet service to more locations. "People are hungrier than ever for faster internet, and as a result, cities across America are making speed a priority," …

iTunes Festival comes to US for the first time at SXSW

Apple is bringing its iTunes music festival to the United States for the first time. For five nights during SXSW this March, Apple will be streaming concerts live from Austin, with performers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and ZEDD. The iTunes Festival has been a regular …

Plans Explore Love from God’s Perspective

Around this time of year, one topic seems to dominate thoughts and conversation throughout our culture: Love. As you might expect, the Bible actually …

TellSpec hand-held scanner identifies what's in your food

"We want to promote healthier eating, alert those who have allergies and educate consumers by telling them exactly what’s in their food – beyond what …

Eyes-on with Tobii's eye-tracking technology

Practicing in Windows 8<p>For my first foray with the eye tracker, Eskilsson set me up on a prototype laptop with the technology built into it, as …

Eye Tracking

Lumus turns its military-grade eyewear into a Google Glass competitor (video)

Lumus has long developed heads-up displays for the US military, but now it's using a developer kit called the DK-40 to bring its HUD tech to wearables outside the battlefield. The contraption's first stop was the CES show floor, so we couldn't resist putting our fingerprints all over it. The key …

Google's new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses

Google loves wearables and this time it's getting even closer to your body with a developmental smart contact lens. Through miniaturized electronics, it can apparently measure the levels of glucose in your tears, offering diabetics an easier way to monitor their condition without the needles and …