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How the Dot braille smartwatch could keep the visually impaired connected

Few smart devices are designed with the visually impaired in mind and touchscreens don't help the matter. The Dot however could change that, as the first smartwatch with a connected, braille interface.
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Cinemood, the pint-sized projector for your pint-sized kids, now coming to U.S.

It may seem like retro technology, but there's nothing antiquated about this new pint-sized projector. Meet the Cinemood, a mini-projector designed specifically with families in mind.
Photography

Fly over Mars with this incredible video created from NASA stills

This Finland native would love to see landscape photos of Mars, but since that won't happen anytime soon, he created his own variation. Using images from NASA's HiRISE and 3D mapping techniques, he created an incredible fly-over…
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Texas grand jury finds that a GIF can be considered a weapon

In a first-of-its-kind case, a Texas grand jury this week ruled that an animated GIF can be used as a deadly weapon. The decision stems from a December 2016 incident in which a GIF was sent with the intention of causing a seizure in the…
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NASA’s PUFFER is a cute origami-inspired robot that goes where big rovers can’t

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are developing a small scout robot called the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) to accompany the next generation of Martian rovers.
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AI learns when people are using hate speech, even when they use code words

Computer scientists at the University of Rochester have developed a smart algorithm which can detect hate speech slurs in Twitter messages, even when people use code words as disguise.
Outdoors

Zoom around town in style on Mercane Wheels’ foldable, electric Transboard

Dubbed the Transboard, the three-wheeled electric scooter was designed to handle daily commutes in dense cities and sprawling countrysides. It combines speed, stability, and comfort to make any commute an enjoyable one.
Music

Watch: IBM uses artificial intelligence to make music with Phony Ppl 3:53

IBM's artificial intelligence program Watson Beat uses digital audio from users to composes original music based. We brought that technology to futuristic R&B group Phony PPL to see if actual musicians could find a cool way to…
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Bacteria may be the key to future 3D-printed bespoke materials

Scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a new process that enables them to 3D print a range of materials -- such as a form of graphene -- using bacteria.
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Studying brain waves while watching trailers can help predict a film’s success

Scientists have used brain wave-reading technology to monitor people's interest level when watching movie trailers. It turns out to accurately predict movie box-office performance.
Cars

Lexus floats a new brand idea, the high-performance Lexus Sports Yacht

Toyota isn't new to the boat business, but the recently introduced 42-foot Lexus Sports Yacht is the first to use a corporate brand name. Two Lexus V8 racing engines can move the Sports Yacht at speeds up to 49 miles per hour.
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Smart gym bag promises to clean itself and everything inside it

Ever had the experience of opening your gym bag to be greeted by the smell of sweaty workout clothes? The folks behind new Kickstarter Paqsule think they’ve come up with a solution: a bag which cleans itself.