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Panasonic's new battery-less, wireless universal switch makes its CEATEC debut

In the future, you can stop getting up to turn on the lights. And at CEATEC, the future is now. Panasonic has unveiled a wireless and battery-less switch that allows you to control the lighting in a room from practically anywhere…
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Researchers replicate rogue waves under realistic conditions for first time

Researchers have previously been able to replicate rogue waves in perfect conditions. Now they've shown they can can create rogue waves in much more realistic conditions such as those found at sea.
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The chatbot will see you now: AI may play doctor in the future of healthcare

Startups are using intelligent machines to redesign the clinic, redefine the role of the practitioner, and reposition the patient in relation to her own health.

Fend is a unique folding bike helmet that banishes the bulk

Fend is a bike helmet with a difference. Not only could it one day save your life, it can also be folded up and popped into a bag when you reach your destination. Oh, and it looks pretty cool, too.
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Typhoon-powered wind turbine aims to siphon energy from a force of nature

Japan knows the power of typhoons all too well. Engineer Atsushi Shimizu hopes his new invention, the world's first typhoon-powered wind turbine, will help the nation power itself in the decades to come.

Verizon will begin using drones to bring 4G connectivity in emergency areas

Verizon announced it will be using drones to test new ways to bring 4G connectivity to emergency areas. The announcement follows a similar one from AT&T, who is exploring using drones provided by Qualcomm.
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Sleep-training wearable promises to give you a better night's shut-eye

There are plenty of wearable devices which claim to be able to track your sleep, but relatively few that promise to actually improve it. That’s where a new miniature wearable device called Thim comes in.

Duolingo’s bot with help you learn a language the natural way – by using it

Duolingo, maker of language training solutions, is joining the AI club with a new bot that will help you learn a new language by answering questions and engaging in conversation.
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Cybersecurity expert: Brain wave passwords bring major possibilities, risks

Some experts view brain wave detection as the next frontier in unbeatable passwords. According to a cybersecurity expert in the department of computer science at Texas Tech University, however, it's not as simple as that.
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Skynet — ahem — Google executives scrapped plans to sell AI-powered arms

Google almost sold artificially intelligent robotic arms, a project spearheaded by engineers within its experimental X division, but nixed the idea when it failed to pass executive muster.

At the touch of an app, the Gate smart lock allows you to open your doors

Two former Google Glass engineers have teamed up to create Gate, a smart lock which they are claiming to be the first all-in-one-solution to home access.
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Cocorobo: Japan’s emotionally needy answer to the Roomba now plays J-pop

If there was one thing missing from the ubiquitous Roomba, it was emotional interaction. Thankfully, developers at Sharp have amended that issue with the Cocorobo.