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Mercedes-Benz's new augmented reality app will aid first responders

The Mercedes-Benz Rescue Assist app uses augmented reality to let first responders see inside vehicles and plot the best way to rescue occupants. 3D models of vehicles show things like fuel lines and high-voltage wiring.

New beta software automatically tags and captions historic images

Much of the world's history is still in physical form, but Gado Images is working to teach computers how to automatically tag and caption historic photos to give museums a leg up in digitizing (and monetizing) large archives.

Like magic, Plotagraph Pro software creates animation from a single photo

Cinemagraphs are traditionally created from short videos, but a startup has developed a way to craft them from a single image. Photographer Troy Plata and artist Sascha Scheider demonstrated how the upcoming program works.
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Best laid plans of mobs and men: The 5 biggest crowdfunding failures of all time

Some crowdfunding projects have turned out to be too good to be true, frustrating backers and leaving them with empty wallets. Here are a few of the worst offenders to date, from Skarp Technologies to Magnus Fun.
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Watch a giant house-building robot lay 1,000 bricks per hour

Fastbrick Robotics wants to shake up the world of Bob the Builder with a new bricklaying machine that can build a house four times faster than a human. Don't believe it? Check out this time-lapse video of the robot in action.
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3D-printed 'Sovereign Armor' is the most amazing cosplay creation ever

Lumeclaster fantasy designer Melissa Ng has created an astonishing 3D printed suit of Sovereign Armor, boasting 91 individually printed pieces with embedded LED lights. Seriously, you need to check this out.

Start a smart home for under $50 with these inexpensive upgrades

A smart home doesn't have to be an expensive one. These gadgets may not be able to handle every task, but you can add a number of automation features to your home for less than $50.
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PiBorg's Raspberry Pi racecars are built by you, powered by AI

In Cambridge in the U.K., a company called PiBorg is hosting the world’s first autonomous (toy) car racing international grand prix. And you can enter it, for the right price.

You can now pay off your Capital One card or even your mortgage with Alexa

Thanks to a new Capital One integration, Amazon Echo owners will now be able to pay off their debts, access account information, and pay their loans and mortgages, all via voice commands.

Air-monitoring device Awair partners with Nest, Echo, and IFTTT

Bitfinder, the company behind the air-monitoring device known as Awair, has partnered with Nest, the Amazon Echo, and IFTTT to help users of those services and devices interact with Awair's data and be proactive about improving their air…
Health & Fitness

Study: Robot surgeons as good as humans, despite what your doc might say

New researcher on robotic prostate surgery suggests that, despite the oft-perceived benefit having a robot-assisted operation, humans and machines are pretty much equal when it comes to surgery.
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US military may get hoverboards, jetbikes, and ‘floating rescue stations’

Zapata Racing, the company which brought us its jet-powered hoverboard, is being acquired by a major defense tech company. Next step? Jetbikes, flying stretchers, and floating rescue stations. Yep, for real!