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Bellus3D ups the selfie game with frightenly accurate 3D scans of your face

3D scans of your own face to try on makeup or create custom avatars could be easier to find this year if this new startup is successful. Bellus3D has the hardware to take scans from your smartphone -- now they just need software developers.
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University student builds AI system to create new baby names, hilarity ensues

Blessed with a little bundle of joy, but not sure what to name him or her? Then why not let an algorithm do it? That is the idea of a Brown University student who has created an AI for just that task.
Cars

Munro Motor single passenger ebike tops out at 28 mph and infinite style points

With a nod to Indian Motorcycles, Munro Motor introduced its beautifully styled ebike. The speed tops out at 28 mph so you won't set any speed records but the range is 60 miles with two battery packs.
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The sound of 103 micro drones launched from an F/A-18 will give you nightmares

At the California test site, the 103 Perdix drones released from three F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrated sophisticated swarming behaviors, including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.
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Illumina's new machine may bring the cost of genome sequencing to under $100

Illumina — a DNA sequencing company — unveiled a machine called the NovaSeq at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference this week. With it the company hopes to bring down the price of sequencing to less than $100.
Mobile

Google Assistant can now take screenshots, but not by voice command

Google's artificially intelligent bot, Google Assistant, will soon feature more robust third-party integration, meaning that it can help you control your entire digital life -- not just your Google life.
Mobile

Samsung, LG could unveil a foldable device in the third quarter of 2017

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display technology for a few years now and a folding smartphone might finally become a reality. Internally code-named Project Valley, the Galaxy X could launch by the end of 2017.
Virtual Reality

Edit from the inside: Sixense refines MakeVR, its immersive CAD modeling platform 12:44

Sixense has finalized its platform, MakeVR, and made it compatible with the HTC Vive, opening it up to a much broader audience, from professional game developers to amateur architects.
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New $27 million fund aims to save humanity from destructive AI

Backed by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and eBay founder Pierre Omidayar, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund aims to bring together diverse experts to turn an analytical eye to the development of AI.
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Superflex's powered clothing is designed to give the elderly their strength back

Superflex, a startup spinoff of SRI International, is developing “powered clothing." It's lightweight and connected clothing, equipped with electric muscles to support the torso, hips, and legs for movement.
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‘Fitbit of alcohol’ will tell you when you’ve had too much to drink

Put the breathalyzer away! Proof is a wearable device that will tell you when you’ve had too much to drink. Picture a Fitbit for the craft beer set and you won’t be far off. Here's how it works.
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Researchers invent a method for healing skin without scar tissue

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California have discovered a method for healing wounds without leaving behind nasty scar tissue. Coming soon to a body near you, we hope.