Cool Tech
Cool Tech

Russian startup plans commercial launch of scarily accurate facial recognition tech

With 30 successful tests under its belt and 300 pending orders, NTechlab is ready to cash in on its scarily accurate facial recognition system. It plans to make its cloud-based system and software development kit available to clients…
Health & Fitness

Studying mosquito neurons could convince them humans taste disgusting

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have made a possible breakthrough in understanding what makes us attractive meals for mosquitoes -- and, potentially, how “changing our flavor” could help stop it.
Health & Fitness

In a technological first, paralyzed patient can feel touch through an artificial hand

Ten years ago Nathan Copeland was in an accident that left his hands paralyzed. Now, he can use his mind to control a robotic arm and even feel pressure applied to the synthetic hand.
Computing

Atom-powered mini PC bosts a rubbery keyboard, built-in touchpad

Vensmile is now taking pre-orders for a new miniature PC with a built-in bendable keyboard and touchpad. It's powered by an Intel "Cherry Trail" Atom processor, the same one that's packed in the upcoming Asus Transformer Mini 2-in-1 PC.
Cool Tech

Asgardia invites you to become a citizen of space and a cosmic defender

The next new member of the United Nations may be the first nation state in space and it might one day be the first line of defense against threats like asteroids and coronal mass ejections from the sun.
Cool Tech

Here’s your stop: Google DeepMind’s new AI can help you navigate the subway system

DeepMind’s AI -- a differential neural network -- is one of the first systems to use external memory and deep learning to train itself autonomously, without the need for hard-coded instructions.
Cool Tech

Feeding silkworms carbon nanotubes produces silk that’s ridiculously strong

To expand silk's range of applications, Chinese scientists have created a superstrong version of the gossamer thread by adding single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and graphene to the silkworm's diet.
Cool Tech

A Japanese firm has started selling a tiny one-person smoking room for the office

Heavy smoker? Fed up with having to leave the office every time you want a ciggie? In that case, you might want to get yourself this one-person smoking room launched recently by a company in Japan.
Computing

White House report warns of bias concerns in application of AI

The White House has published a new report outlining the benefits and challenges relating to artificial intelligence, from regulation of autonomous vehicles to discriminatory predictive policing tools and hiring practices.
Virtual Reality

Virtual reality, real money: Alibaba to enable VR shoppers to pay by nodding

Alibaba, often referred to as the Amazon.com of China, is working on a new payment method that will allow shoppers wearing virtual reality headsets to make payments without removing the devices.
Outdoors

Finding Fido: No-fee GPS pet tracker will tell you exactly where your pet is

By using two modules, one for the pet and one for the guardian, the Findster Duo GPS pet tracker operates with no fees and no telco coverage limits. The Findster Duo can also act as a virtual leash and an activity tracker.
Virtual Reality

See Paris like you’ve never seen it before with Google’s Curio-cité virtual tour

Sure, it might not be the exact equivalent of flying to Europe and walking down the Champs-Élysées, but thanks to Google, you might be able to experience an acceptable alternative to your Paris trip. It's all thanks to…