Newcastle University researchers have developed a prosthetic limb that performs certain actions on its own. All the wearer has to do is look at an object, and the hand does the rest. Using its onboard camera to evaluate the shape, size, and distance, the hand performs the appropriate action – like picking up a coffee cup. This makes complex actions much easier for prosthetic wearers, who otherwise have to perform complex muscle actions to manipulate their limbs.
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This complex sensor can monitor pretty much all of the activity in your home, by sensing temperature fluctuation, electricity use, sounds, movement, and duration of events. It’s a foundation on which to build truly “Smart” homes, where activities are tracked, remote-controlled, and automated as the user sees fit. For now, it’s a great way to monitor the events in a busy home, workshop, or business. The SuperSensor secures all user data and doesn’t transmit it to the Cloud.
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A new retinal surgery, guided by human surgeons but performed by robots, has just passed clinical trials. Robots bring much more control to delicate surgeries than can be achieved by humans alone. Soon, surgical robots will enable surgeons to perform entirely new operations which the human hand, until now, has been too clumsy to accomplish.
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Researchers have found that an Alzheimer’s drug stimulates damaged teeth to repair themselves. This could bring about a future where dentistry doesn’t require drilling and filling.
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If you want to make a call, all you need to do is place your fingertip on your ear. This is Sgnl.
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A scientist accidentally discovered that wax worms can digest polyethylene. Could this be a solution to the millions of tons of plastic waste we produce every year?
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Headsets and motion controllers offer a pretty immersive experience in virtual reality already. But motion simulators can provide an even more realistic experience that tests your piloting skills. One YouTuber has built a $25,000 VR racing rig for his home.
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Electrick is a newly developed electrically conductive spray that can turn anything into a touch interface. It will be both available to consumers as well as manufacturers. Because there’s quite literally an infinite number of possible applications for tech like this, it wouldn’t be surprising if this is something that will deeply affect the way people of the future interact with their basic environments.
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The winner of the 2017 eVolo Skyscaper Design competition would bring improved food production potential to places in the world where food is scarce. The design is modular and transportable, with room for farms, aerial drone deliveries, and a farmer’s market for growers and shoppers.
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Jellyfish proliferate because of hotter ocean temperatures. In two isolated lakes on an archipelago in the South Pacific, you can swim with millions of jellyfish that are harmless to humans.
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After the surprisingly good sales of the Playstation VR, many wonder when Nintendo will release a headset for their wildly successful Nintendo Switch console. YouTuber Nintendrew has shown us how a Switch headset could look by using a tablet headset that’s already on the market.
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The Scewo is a wheelchair that can climb stairs. It levels the playing field for wheelchair users, and is perfectly at home in a variety of environments.
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3D design and sculpting apps normally rely on motion controllers as input devices. But Gravity Sketch is now working on supporting hand tracking in their app so you’ll be able to draw and sculpt intuitively with just your fingers, creating an experience closer to hand sculpting.
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Researchers from the Salk Institute have demonstrated the ability to edit the DNA of cells that do not divide or modify their DNA, partially restoring sight in mice born with genetic defects.
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Fungi Mutarium is a prototype that grows edible fungal biomass as a novel food product. Fungi is cultivated on specifically designed agar shapes that the designers called “FU”. Agar is a seaweed based gelatin substitute and acts, mixed with starch and sugar, as a nutrient base for the fungi.
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Eye tracking will be a game-changer for virtual reality, offering a new way for us to interact with the virtual world just by moving our eyes. aGlass is the world’s first consumer eye tracking module for VR that seamlessly integrates with the HTC Vive to deliver eye tracking input.
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The new Apple store in Dubai changes shape according to the weather and temperature outside. In cool weather, large windows open allowing customers to go out onto a terrace overlooking the street below. During wind, rain, or sandstorms, the large windows close. The interior temperature adjusts automatically according to the temperature and light levels outside.
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NASA recently announced there could be alien life in our own solar system. Their space craft Cassini recently gathered data on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s 62 moons, and was able to confirm that its icy oceans contain all the necessary ingredients that allow the formation of life.
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Hahna Alexander shares the journey the self-charging work boots that deliver actionable insights to increase efficiency and improve safety. At the core of SolePower’s development is a patented kinetic charger that generates power every step. Hahna is a 2017 winner of Toyota Mothers of Invention.
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The Aurora Lightning Strike is an electric-hybrid X-plane that can take off vertically and hover like a chopper.
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Australia will be the first country to replace passports with face, iris, and fingerprint recognition. Though there are security concerns, this will add significant convenience to the international travel experience.
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Yotel is a hotel in New York that’s moving towards a nearly entirely autonomous system of operations. They have a luggage transfer robot they call YOBOT and guests check in at automated kiosks. They do have some human staff around however just in case guests get overwhelmed by all the tech. Would you check out Yotel?
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This jacket is covered with a special coating that gives it the ability to heal its own fibers. All you have to do is rub the fabric near the puncture and it’ll seal itself up.
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The Hyperloop is finally no longer science fiction. Hyperloop One is getting ready to fire up their new 500 meter long test track in the Nevada desert.
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Virtual reality has the potential of letting people practice things that might be too dangerous in real life. VAL is a new project from French company XXII that lets you safely mix noxious chemicals in a virtual reality setting with actual objects.
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Louisiana’s low-lying coastlands are being devoured by rising sea levels. Every hour, a space the size of one football field is eliminated from Louisiana’s coast. It’s a terrifying reality for families who have lived in these lands for years, and a reminder that climate change is already altering life in the United States.
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Virtual reality is rocking the medical technology industry. It’s quite possible VR and augmented reality will be present in almost every aspect of medical training in the near future. 3DSystems’ has created a new virtual operating room training experience that tests students with precise controllers.
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Self Reflected is a series of art pieces that depict human consciousness. They were created by Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards and are meant to allow the mind a revealing look at its own inner workings. After an astonishing amount of research the artists were able to invent a technique called microetching that allowed them to create neuron animations in metallic surfaces via reflected light. The resulting effect is as beautiful as it is uncanny.
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Google just unveiled the new Google Earth and it’s beautiful. The new Voyager tool allows users to take virtual, interactive tours of the world and the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button will take you on a randomized adventure. As virtuality continues to expand as a means of entertainment, connection and as a tool, experiences like the new Google Earth are certainly just the beginning in where tech like this will bring us.
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Baidu recently made an astonishing breakthrough in machine learning. They’ve achieved zero shot learning by programming a bot to teach another bot how to read. But in a surprise twist, they ended up with an AI that is able to understand language at amazingly complex levels.
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More and more classic games are receiving renditions in the augmented reality field. CyberSnake, from independent developer Lucas Rizzotto, is the latest Microsoft HoloLens take on the arcade classic Snake.
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This man is trying to create a world without money. The Venus Project views poverty, war, hunger and debt, not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Here is their alternative vision of what our future could be like.
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The Lyra by Mission Bicycle is the perfect commuter bike. It’s built in lighting gives the rider 360 degree visibility, and the built in GPS helps you map your route or locate a stolen bicycle.
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Airlines and their passengers rely on approximately 24,000 air traffic controllers to make sure planes take off and land safely. Currently, controllers use bulky computers and panels to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic. But HoloTower, new HoloLens software from 360 World, could free up space with customizable holographic 3D virtual panels.
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This incredible 4×4 tanker fire truck can go anywhere to put out fire. Thanks to it’s heavy duty parts, it can carry 4 times more water than the average brush truck.
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Virtual reality continues to suffer from a lack of immersive gaming experiences, especially in the RPG genre. Million Arthur is an upcoming JRPG for the HTC Vive from Square Enix, the makers of Final Fantasy, that appears to have one of the most promising gameplay experiences for VR yet. The JRPG is coming to Japan in spring, but there’s no word yet on a potential western release.
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Soon you’ll be able to answer your cell phone by touching your tattoo. Researchers at Saarland University in Germany have developed iSkin, a sensor worn on the skin like a tattoo. Just in case tattoos and cell phones weren’t already cool.
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Silicon valley seems to have a new obsession with a proposed biotech called ‘the neural lace’. Both Elon Musk and Bryan Johnson have launched companies that aim to inject electrodes into the brain, which ultimately could give people the ability to upload and download thoughts.
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People are living longer thanks to advancements in medicine, nutrition, and access to food.
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Men unable to have an erection after prostate surgery enjoyed normal intercourse thanks to stem cell therapy. In first-phase clinical trials, eight out of 15 continent men suffering from erectile dysfunction had sex six months after the one-time treatment, without recourse to drugs or penile implants.
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Titan Note turns speech into text instantly. It also edits, summarizes, shares, translates, charges your phone, and is a perfect portable speaker. At this point, being in class is just for fun.
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Your nostalgic Smurfs are now getting a holographic rendition in a new augmented reality game. Smurfs: The Lost Village is a Microsoft Hololens game where you explore different locations from the series and battle the villain Gargamel. Microsoft helped create the game to promote the new Smurfs: The Lost Village film.
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In the future, music will be composed by humans and machines working together. Amper is a commercially available Artificial Intelligence music composing software. It’s the first step towards a world in which humans and machines collaborate to make music.
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More and more classic video games are getting remakes in augmented and virtual reality. HoloLems is the latest iteration of the craze with a remake of the wildly successful game Lemmings from 1991.
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Meet Upright, a new wearable device that improves your posture by vibrating every time you slouch. It features an 8-hour battery so you can sit straight through the whole work day. See how it works!
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Bicycles are awesome, but bulky, heavy, and tough to store and transport in tight spaces. The Halfbike decided to cut those problems in half. It’s light and highly portable, not to mention agile and easily-ridden from a standing position.
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Robots assist surgeons in 80% of prostatectomies.
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Lightform attaches to a projector to superimpose images around you.
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Commuter Trucker Jacket was developed by Levi’s and Google.
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Hoverskate VR uses your hands as feet to ride your board.
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The Earth’s magnetic field makes life possible by shielding us from solar wind.
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Chroma Lab is a particle physics sandbox in striking color.
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The largest turbines today generate up to 8 megawatts of clean energy.
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The Sierra region has already gotten 230% of the average precipitation.
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This gadget can be clipped to a smartphone to test sperm.
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The MPI CyberMotion Simulator was made from a modified industrial robot.
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Clearing your browsing history won’t be enough anymore.
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This ranks among the most generous leave policies of any country in the world.
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The asteroid redirect mission will probably never happen.
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Lampix is an augmented reality projector for work and entertainment.
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Its tactile watchface features four active braille calls.
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Daptly integrates with smart devices and your favorite apps.
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FoxSports VR takes you to a virtual stadium suite.
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This physicist has create a machine to learn why icicles grow in different shapes.
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It claims to protect light so images appear more realistic.
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The octobot is a squishy robot that fits in your hand.
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In 2015, 196 nations committed to cut greenhouse emissions.
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You can tour an accurate model of the ISS and perform essential tasks.
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Smart panels track the sun as it soars across the sky each day.
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Baylor College of Medicine recently identified 30 genes active in the tests.
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Audi is bringing your childhood dreams to life in VR.
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Its mirrors are as big as a tennis court.
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Orboot offers experiences for every country on Earth.
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A company is building an AI that can identify suicidal users using health records.
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Its ears and eyes have binaural mics and 4K cameras.
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Aaron Puzey used a Bluetooth monitor, an exercise bike, and a VR headset.
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