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Make your car smart with Automatic’s most affordable device yet

Automatic has released Automatic Lite, its most affordable device yet, designed to help you turn your dumb car smart by tracking your mileage and keeping an eye on your fuel consumption statistics.

The Swon smart shower tracker will save you money and help the environment

Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Swon is a smart Wi-Fi-connected device which attaches to your existing shower head and tells your phone how much water and energy you’re using.

The Senstone is a pendant that will translate your voice memos into text

If youre going to talk to yourself, you might as well remember what you're saying. A new wearable wants to help you do just that. Meet the Senstone, a piece of jewelry that combines form and function.
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Batteries? Who needs ’em! Engineers just built a drone that can sip power wirelessly in midair

Researchers have created a highly-efficient method for wirelessly transferring power to a drone while it’s in flight. The days of drones being able to fly for just minutes at a time could soon be over.
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Spiders on Mars? Citizen scientists help NASA spot the strange formations

Through the Planet Four: Terrains platform NASA asked volunteers to scan images from the orbiter’s Context Camera (CTX) and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) to identify some of these unique formations.

Future AI assistants like Siri could be trained by Joey from ‘Friends’

Which TV show character would you choose to train future artificially intelligent computers how to move and sound like us? We're assuming everyone has said Joey from Friends, which is a good thing, because a research team had…

Watch Reebok’s robots make a pair of distinctive ‘Liquid Factory’ sneakers

Reebok is using robots, a thick gloopy substance, and 3D-drawing techniques to make sneakers. The revolutionary new process does away with the need for traditional molds, offering what it says is a more comfortable fit.
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The police may one-day patrol the streets with taser-equipped drones

Quadcopters are finding all kinds of uses these days, but the idea that cops may one day use them to launch stun-gun operations is likely to alarm some. A report on Thursday suggests police are at least exploring the idea.

The Plum wine dispenser preserves opened bottles for up to 90 days

The Plum wine dispenser, a temperature-controlled, internet-connected wine dispenser from entrepreneur David Koretz, preserves your wine by the bottle and pours a customizeable number of glasses.

Backpack that quickly turns into a boat makes the great outdoors even greater

K-Pak is a 9-foot-3-inch “skin on frame” boat-in-a-backpack from the aptly named Folding Boat Company. Best of all? It unfolds in less than four minutes, and weighs just 21 pounds.

How Arc’teryx uses tech from vacuum cleaners to save your life in an avalanche

The Arc’teryx Voltair airbag pack could save your life if you're ever caught in an avalanche. But did you know that this lifesaving technology started as the result of designers playing with RC helicopters and vacuum cleaners?

Want to go solar? SolarCity to pay $1,000 to any Airbnb host who makes the switch

To help more people turn to solar energy, SolarCity says it will pay $1,000 to any Airbnb host who opts to install its solar panels on their home. The new incentive program will run until the end of 2017.