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Dyson’s 360 Eye vacuum is so complex you need a special engineer to set it up

Dyson is looking toward the future with the 360 Eye, a robotic vacuum cleaner. Only problem? It's so complex it requires an engineer to set it up. And perhaps that's not too much to ask considering the huge price tag.

Put a tiny home on it: Rooftop cabins could help solve Berlin's space crunch

While we're throwing parties on our rooftops, a few folks in Berlin are considering turning the tops of their buildings into alternative living spaces, with minuscule houses that sit right on top of the 55,000 unoccupied roofs in Berlin.

Researchers just improved the camera that shoots a billion frames per second

What would you photograph at 100 billion frames per second? Scientists behind the newly updated camera hope to be able to see how neurons work. The camera also has potential for photographing chemical reactions, explosions, and even…
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Tomorrow's doctors will learn to check prostates using a robotic anus

“What we’ve created is a simulator which combines robotics and haptics technology to create a physical model, alongside virtual reality where 3D rendering is used to replicate the internal anatomy,” Dr. Fernando Bello tells Digital…

Samsung's latest patent shows off foldable Galaxy smartphone

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 next year.
Health & Fitness

Artificial pancreas that uses smartphone app and sensor may be diabetes game-changer

“The sensor continuously monitors your glucose levels, then sends this information to a smartphone, where an algorithm calculates how much insulin is needed to keep the blood glucose in the safe, normal range,” Dr. Eric Renard told…
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Only on Mars! Why the odd dunes spotted by Curiosity can’t occur on Earth

All eyes are on Jupiter as Juno dove into the gas giant’s orbit yesterday, but last week scientists announced an intriguing finding from Mars – close-up observations from NASA’s Curiosity rover revealed a unique kind of wind-sculpted…
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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.