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‘Umbrella Here’ light invites strangers to share your umbrella, saving them from a soaking

If you like meeting new people and live in a place where it rains a lot, then the Umbrella Here light could be the gadget for you. The idea is that you stick it on top of your umbrella during a downpour, signaling to others that you're willing to share.

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NASA developing automatic traffic management system for drones

NASA is working on an air traffic control system for drones to help bring order to potentially chaotic skies. However, instead of controllers communicating with drone operators, the system uses carefully designed algorithms to automatically control flights.

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of August 31, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

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Japan to have 30 floating solar power islands to generate 60 megawatts of clean energy

Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. are partnering to build two massive solar power islands that will float on two reservoirs in Japan to generate about 2.9 megawatts of energy. Plans are in place to build a total of 30 such islands.

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Google’s self-driving car is far from ready, can’t drive through rain, snow or parking lots

There’s no arguing that Google’s self-driving car is a thrilling development worthy of enthusiastic discussion, but there are a number of reasons to rain on this parade – rain itself, for one thing.

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20 years before smart coffee pots, connected caffeine created an Internet sensation

Back in 1993, a band of Cambridge University students one of the first-ever public web cams to answer one of civilized man’s oldest questions: Is there any coffee left?

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ORA-X smart eyeglasses to challenge Google Glass in 2015 with $300 price tag

The ORA-X is a pair of smart eyeglasses that’s on track to be sold to consumers for a palatable $300 a pop next summer. Optinvent has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the developer-friendly ORA-1, a warning shot at Google Glass and other competitors.

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This robot printer from Fuji Xerox brings your printed documents to your desk

Fuji Xerox has created a prototype robotic printer that will simplify the normal printing process. The robot printer, which has been tested in a lounge in Tokyo, finds its way to you whenever you want to print a document.

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Engineer builds a 3D-printed castle in his back garden

If you thought you'd seen every 3D-printed project there was to see, think again — a miniature castle has just been completed in Minnesota. Read on to find out how the building was constructed.

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Google, like Amazon, trialing drone deliveries in ‘Project Wing’

Amazon isn't the only Web giant planning to make deliveries by drone. Google has just revealed that for the last two years it's been developing its own unmanned flying machine in an ambitious Google X initiative called 'Project Wing.'

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This 3D-printed turbine fits in a backpack to deliver wind power anywhere

Omni3d's AirEnergy 3D printed wind turbine is portable and easy to assemble, but it packs a punch with 300 watts of energy. The turbine can power multiple gadgets and even supplement a house's traditional power supply.

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Time lapse video solves the mystery of Death Valley’s sailing stones

With the help of time lapse photography, rugged equipment, and a fair bit of luck; researchers have finally caught Death Valley's sailing stones in the act and solved the centuries-old mystery of how they travel across the desert floor

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Your future windshield will look more like a see-through TV than a window

Jaguar has promised its forthcoming mid-size XE sports sedan will offer a laser-based augmented reality head up display (HUD). So we decided to delve a bit more deeply into the system, how it works, and what kind of roles it could play in the future of…

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Korea’s capitol is getting an outdoor water-powered smartphone charging station

If you find yourself sauntering around Seoul anytime soon and your handset's running out of juice, head to downtown's main waterway and you'll soon have those battery bars showing again.

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Google said to be considering historic LA aircraft hangar as office space

Google could be about sign a deal to take over a massive aircraft hangar in LA where Howard Hughes' famous 'Spruce Goose' plane was built. A report Tuesday described the space as "atypical," suggesting it would be perfect for the Web giant.

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