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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like Amazon’s Echo can play music and tell you the weather today, but their real promise is potentially decades away. JiboSocial robots …

Robots

Google’s Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete

Google just laid out a course for making apps obsolete. And it’s paved by Google Now.

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The car of the future is 'the most powerful computer you will ever own'

The chips inside driverless cars will be as powerful as those used in some supercomputers, according to Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia

The car of the future will be the most powerful computer you will ever own, packing the processing power of a supercomputer into a box the …

Concept Cars

Google to Test Bubble-Shaped Self-Driving Cars in Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO — The world is one step closer to the day when people can, in good conscience, drive to work while sipping coffee, texting with a friend and working on a laptop computer.

On Friday, Google announced that sometime this summer several prototype versions of its self-driving cars are set …

Google

Chinese Search Company Baidu Built a Giant Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer

Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving …

Google

This $9 computer could change the economics of building hardware

Cheaper chips push the internet of things closer to reality.

Today in a garage in Oakland, California, a company that could pave the way for a new generation of hardware startups is being built. Much like William Hewlett and David Packard started Hewlett-Packard out of their garage in Palo Alto, a …

Computer Hardware

Tesla unveils revolutionary home battery pack

Tesla has unveiled a domestic battery which has the potential to revolutionise how power is generated, stored and used in the future

The Tesla Powerwall is essentially a giant lithium-ion battery pack, designed to store solar energy, and provide a back-up power system for blackouts or during times …

Batteries

Why Tesla Wants to Sell a Battery for Your Home

Tesla launches a stationary battery aimed at companies with variable electricity rates and homes with solar panels. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the …

Batteries

Demo Shows Microsoft Is Making Impressive Progress with HoloLens

Microsoft’s HoloLens lets the wearer see virtual 3-D objects along with real-world objects.

Microsoft is making fast progress with HoloLens, the …

Robot Mimics Chefs to Prepare 5-Star Dishes at Home

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A set of robotic arms has expertly prepared a professional chef's crab bisque recipe at a recent industrial fair in Hanover, Germany, …

What Microsoft Was for PCs, This Company Hopes to Be for Drones

Startup unveils a control system it hopes will become the industry standard for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles. An illustration shows Airware’s …

Drones

World's first robot chef wants to make you crab bisque

Like John Torode and Gregg Wallace at the end of an invention test, Moley Robotics wants you to stop cooking. The UK company has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first robot chef at the Hanover Messe robotics fair in Germany.

The chef – more of an automated kitchen side – comprises two robotic …

Robots

This project in Google’s secret research lab could change the future of batteries

Google’s top secret Google X research lab is working on a handful of projects to build better batteries for mobile devices, reports the Wall Street Journal.

It’s not just about making sure our cell phones last a little longer, though that’s a nice side-effect too. Really, what’s going on is that the …

Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

A new study suggests that battery-powered vehicles are close to being cost-effective for most people.Electric cars may seem like a niche product that …

Batteries

Inside the meat lab: the future of food

The future feast is laid out around a cool white room at Eindhoven's University of Technology . There is a steak tartare of in-vitro beef fibre, wittily knitted into the word "meat". There are "fruit-meat" amuse-gueules. The green- and pink-striped sushi comes from a genetically modified vegetarian …

Waiting on the Elio, a Three-Wheeled Dream Car of the Future

Last year, Sean Donahue, a 37-year-old marketing director at a branding firm near San Diego, attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where, amid virtual reality goggles and 4K televisions, he saw a design that struck him as truly futuristic. “It looked like something out of the movie …

Concept Cars

One step ahead

Engineers show off a simple way to make walking more efficient

"THE human body is a machine that winds its own springs," wrote Julien Offray de La …

Carnegie Mellon University

These giant robotic ants could one day replace factory workers

The future is now.

This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at entrepreneur.com.

By: Kim Lachance Shandrow, Entrepreneur.com

Someday, just maybe, the modern factory worker could be replaced completely by technology. It’s a scary thought for some. What’s …

The World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tram Is Now Running In China

Finally, hydrogen is no longer just "the fuel of the future."

The world's first hydrogen-powered tram is red. It would have to be. It was built in China.

The Chinese seem to have a head start on a promising area for hydrogen: short-distance transit. Large-scale hydrogen car travel may be a few years …

Amazon is completely redefining one click buying

Digital shopping, meet physical buttons

Amazon is completely redefining “one click buying,” making it possible for customers to buy more of an item by clicking a physical button in their house.

The new “Dash Buttons” will target customers who generally use Amazon to buy certain products — like paper …

Project Loon

Billions of people could get online for the first time thanks to helium balloons that Google will soon send over many places cell towers don’t …

Google

Google: Here's what we did wrong with Google Glass

AUSTIN, Texas — As everybody knows, Google made some mistakes with Google Glass. Now the man who led the project has come out and said exactly where he believes the company went wrong.

"We made one really great decision, and one not so great," explained Astro Teller, the head of Google X division …

Google

Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready for Business

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an idea that has oscillated through many hype cycles over many years, as scientists and sci-fi visionaries have declared the imminent arrival of thinking machines. But it seems we’re now at an actual tipping point. AI, expert systems, and business intelligence have …

Artificial Intelligence

What comes after the flying car? A self-flying car

AeroMobil is already wowing people with a prototype of a flying car. But over the next decade, it wants to give new meaning to the term …

Flying Car

4 Innovation Lessons From The History Of Warfare

What do the Hydrogen bomb, the Minuteman missile and precision guided weapons all have in common? They all provided crucial financing for technology that we now carry around in our pockets. It is a curious fact of modern society that civilian life, in large part, is powered by the technology of war.

Warfare

Retail could do to health care what Uber has done to taxis

GUEST:

Uber, the poster child of the sharing economy, came out of nowhere and managed to overhaul the traditional taxi business in just a few short years. It now has a valuation of approximately $41 billion.

Now Wall Street is searching for the next industry that can be Uber-fied. There are rooms …

Health Care

In the race between Google and Facebook over global connectivity, everyone is winning

BARCELONA, Spain – There are still 4 billion people in the world who are not online.

Figuring out how to address that problem and why it matters was one of the main themes this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But while the global telecom industry has embraced this as one its most …

Google

The cold fusion race just heated up

The E-Cat, or Energy Catalyser, is an alleged cold fusion reactor invented by Andrea Rossi. While many researchers claim to have produced small quantities of excess heat using nickel and hydrogen, Rossi claims he can produce kilowatts and his technology is ready for industry. Rossi's claims are …

Cold Fusion

Virtual Creatures Come Alive in a Box

H+ Technology is building Holus, a tabletop box that can project virtual images that users can interact with.

A Canadian startup is working to make …

Monsters