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Dyson launches Pure Cool Link air purifier to clean up household air

Filter fan claims to clean up pollen, pollutants and smells with a new Internet of Things app for remote monitoring, connecting to its existing robotic vacuum<p>Dyson’s new Pure Cool Link air purifying fan promises to clean up the air in your home, but also marks the first step of the British …

Smart Homes

A Portable Lamp That Turns into a Flashlight

Floris Schoonderbeek designed a clever light for Weltevree that loves to be taken out to different destinations. Guidelight offers multiple functions …

Matryoshka Headphones!

What’s better than one audio device? A two-in-one! No?! A three-in-one!! I’ve officially hit crazy with the Level x3 Headphones. Just like the …

Bernie Sanders supporters strategizing to build a lasting progressive movement

The eclectic mix of labor loyalists, gay rights advocates, antiwar protesters and political neophytes who gathered in a union hall here a few days ago may have never ended up in the same room together were it not for Bernie Sanders.<p>And they wondered whether they would ever come together again with …

Computer mouse from Japan monitors your stress levels

Workplace stress has existed as long as workplaces have. A Japanese company hopes a newfangled computer mouse will combat that drag on employee well-being.<p>Unveiled at the MedTec convention in Tokyo last week, Alps Electric's mouse contains sensors that monitor a user's stress levels, reports Japan …

Japan

New Infosys AI tool could transform the way companies maintain complex systems

Like so many organizations today, Infosys, the Indian consulting giant, is a company in transition. For years it has made a good living helping customers manage legacy tools, but CEO Vishal Sikka, who took over 21 months ago saw a shifting landscape and he began implementing new systems immediately.<p>…

Why China Is Key to the Future of Virtual Reality

I was in Shenzhen, China last week at the first CE China trade show, which was produced by IFA, the German company that also produces the giant IFA …

Cyrano is your own personal jukebox for scents

You're hosting a beach-themed party. You've got the decorations, the music and the snacks. You're hanging out with floaties on your arms and rocking …

E-cigarettes should be given to smokers, say doctors

E-cigarettes should be offered to patients trying to give up smoking, doctors have said.<p>A report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) …

Samsung Shows Off A New Attitude In San Francisco This Week

The company’s executives shed some of the buttoned-up formality they’re know for at its developer conference.<p>Call it a makeover. Samsung has long had a reputation in America for being businesslike, mechanical, and inscrutable. At the tech giant’s annual developer conference, the presentations are …

Target's New Robot Helper Is Busy At Work On Aisle 3

Target is testing robots that track inventory on its store shelves including shampoo and laundry detergent.<p>The retail giant is conducting a one-week …

Review: August Smart Lock with HomeKit

Of all the smart home gadgets you can buy, the door lock remains the holy grail. Coming and going without ever touching keys is something we crave for some reason, and August is our best crack at it.<p>And its new HomeKit enabled lock is supposed to bring something extra to the mix in Siri. Still, the …

Mad genius Colin Furze builds a hoverbike. What could go wrong?

Hoverbikes are complex machines that require a great deal of engineering knowledge and concern for comfort and safety. However, that didn't stop YouTube's most insane inventor, Colin Furze, from building one in his work shed.<p>Furze unveiled a working prototype for his homemade hoverbike in a video …

China Debuts Anbot, The Police Robot

Stop or this robot will Tase!<p>On April 21, at the 12th Chongqing Hi-Tech fair, the National Defense University, a hotbed of Chinese military innovations, debuted the world's first armed (albeit less than lethal) police robot. The Ministry of Public Security was very excited about the Anbot. As …

Robotics

New Design Incubator Will Have You Building A Shippable Gadget In 8 Weeks

The product development company Nascent has launched a new hardware incubator aimed at helping designers bring gadgets to market in just eight weeks. The typical product development process takes 6 to 12 months.<p>Nascent is the startup behind Nascent Objects, a Lego-like system of modules that can be …

Old man yells at iCloud: J.D. Power study finds aging buyers don't trust autonomy

Have you ever helped an elderly individual navigate the Internet? Even after explaining why they're <i>not</i> actually the 1,000,000th visitor to a site, it can be tough bringing people up to speed on technology. It's no surprise, then, that J.D. Power's Tech Choice study came to the same conclusions.<p>In …

Samsung cooks up crazy prototype gadgets like VR camera necklaces, helmet speakers

This seems to be the week Samsung shows off cool gadgets we'll probably never get to buy.<p>First it demoed robots that sense emotion and voice-activated light switches. They're reference designs Samsung hopes customers will build using its Artik chips, not products it will sell on its own.<p>Then it …

Virtual Reality

Google has a crazy idea for injecting a computer into your eyeball

A patent filed in 2014 and published Thursday describes a device that could correct vision without putting contacts in or wearing glasses everyday.<p>But to insert the device, a person must undergo what sounds like a rather intrusive procedure.<p>Here's how it would work: After surgically removing a …

Contact Lenses

Need new luggage? Rolls-Royce will sell you this 6-piece set for $45,854

What do you think the nickname for a Rolls-Royce roller bag might be? A "roller roller?" No, really, I am asking. You tell me.<p>On Friday, Rolls-Royce …

Claude Shannon, the Father of the Information Age, Turns 1100100

Twelve years ago, Robert McEliece, a mathematician and engineer at Caltech, won the Claude E. Shannon Award, the highest honor in the field of information theory. During his acceptance lecture, at an international symposium in Chicago, he discussed the prize’s namesake, who died in 2001. Someday, …

Here's why robots need to be able to say 'no'

At first glance, you might think they should, simply because they are machines and that's what they are designed to do.<p>But then think of all the times you would not mindlessly carry out others' instructions - and put robots into those situations.<p>Just consider:<p>An elder-care robot tasked by a …

Robotics

Why image recognition is about to transform business

Ken Weiner Contributor<p>Ken Weiner is the CTO of GumGum.<p>At Facebook’s recent annual developer conference, Marc Zuckerberg outlined the social network’s artificial intelligence (AI) plans to “build systems that are better than people in perception.” He then demonstrated an impressive image recognition …

Machine Learning