Cool Tech
Virtual Reality

First Japanese VR porn festival ends prematurely, due to overcrowding

Japan's first VR porn festival ended not with a bang but with a whimper. Attendees mobbed the exterior of the expo -- far too many in fact -- persuading the organizers to shut it down before even a fraction of them had entered.
Computing

Google’s DeepMind will soon apply artificial intelligence to the detection of eye diseases

Google's DeepMind division announced a partnership with the U.K.'s Moorsfields hospital that will see millions of eye records analyzed for commonalities. It's part of the outfit's ongoing DeepMind Health initiative.
Cool Tech

Belgian researchers sniff out nerve gas and pesticides with an electronic nose

Belgian scientists have developed a hyper-sensitive “electronic nose” to help sniff out extremely low concentrations of chemicals like pesticides and nerve gas. How low are we talking? Drop-of-water-in-an-Olympic-pool low.
Computing

Researchers argue AI can fool the Turing test without saying a thing

By falling silent during the Turing test, artificial intelligence (AI) systems can fool human judges into believing they’re human, according to a study by machine intelligence researchers from Coventry University.
Cool Tech

A robot that sucks just won an Amazon technology competition

The day when Amazon’s distribution centers are operated entirely by robots came a step closer this week after a Dutch-built robot took top prize in the company’s latest picking-and-packing contest.
Cool Tech

Watch synthetic bones being 3D-printed in this amazing demo

A sub-$9,000 3D bioprinter set to make its debut later this year, the Aether 1, makes some very bold claims for itself -- including its ability to outperform rivals with price tags in excess of $250,000.
Cool Tech

This Kevlar iPhone cable is supposed to survive anything … so we blew it up 3:42

Zus recently used its Kevlar-reinforced charging cable to tow a car -- but we wanted to put it to the test and see for ourselves just how strong it is. How much abuse can this cable really take?
Cool Tech

Algorithm will determine if people are lying to you in emails. Honest

Could an algorithmic lie detector one day be as ubiquitous a part of our email systems as spell check? Possibly so, suggest researchers Stephan Ludwig, Tom van Laer, Ko de Ruyter, and Mike Friedman in a new study into automated deception…
Cool Tech

Flightradar24 wants to make it easy to track drones around the world

“Our mission statement is to track all aircraft around the world, regardless of whether they are manned or not,” Fredrik Lindahl, Flightradar24's CEO, has told Digital Trends.
Cool Tech

Yes, it’s possible to plant ‘Inception’-style experiences into people’s brains

“This method may be applied to reduce or eliminate association of some specific cue and fear,” researcher Takeo Watanabe told Digital Trends.. “For example, it could be used to reduce or eliminate bad memories developed in a…
Cool Tech

This 4th of July, watch sparklers doing their thing in super-slow motion

In preparation for for the Fourth of July, the American Chemical Society (ACS) created an explainer video that shows sparklers in slow motion and details the chemical reaction behind the dazzling display.
Cool Tech

CBRE unveils top 25 cities for tech workers and firms in the US and Canada

Whether you're looking for a tech job or starting a new company, CBRE's 2016 Tech Talent report is loaded with insights about the top 25 U.S. and Canadian tech cities. Thirteen metrics determine the top markets for tech talents.