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Exilong smart home irrigation system promises to save water and frustration

Manuals usually make configuring irrigation systems harder, but the Exilong system promises to clear the confusion, take over, and give you your life back. You can monitor and manage an Exilong system via smartphone or web portal.

Samsung is buying the new AI assistant from the masterminds behind Siri

Samsung has acquired Viv Labs, the company founded by the people who created Siri, with the plan on integrating the firm's new AI technology into future Galaxy smartphones and other Samsung products.

Sensory announces a wake word solution for Amazon Alexa devices

California company Sensory's software suite lets Amazon Alexa developers add a "wake word" -- that is, a word that launches Alexa -- to devices of all shapes, sizes, and processing capabilities.

Free trip to Mars, anyone? T-Mobile’s CEO is offering a ride to the red planet

T-Mobile's colorful CEO is offering a free trip to Mars if his latest tweet gets 1m retweets. Of course, there's also the small matter of establishing a viable Earth-Mars-Earth service in the near future, though the winner can also take a…
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Blue Origin’s emergency crew capsule test was one of its most dramatic missions yet

Jeff Bezos said he thought this week's crew capsule escape test would send Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket slamming into the desert floor. But not only did the escape test itself go smoothly, the New Shepard, too, survived the…
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SmartRazor is the heated razor that promises you a hot shave every morning

SmartRazor is a razor with heated blades that promises -- in the words of its inventors -- to “slice through hair effortlessly with virtually no tug and pull, like a warm knife through butter.”

Japanese pre-orders for Laundroid laundry-folding robot set for March 0:32

Folding laundry takes forever, especially if you have a robot do it. The Laundroid takes about five minutes to fold a T-shirt, but, hey, at least it saves you from having to do the chore.

Meet MelloShip, the motorized hammock boat you didn’t know you needed

MelloShip is a Kickstarter hammock-boat hybrid its creator told Digital Trends will “eat stress for lunch.” And, based on what we've seen, it looks like a claim that is difficult to argue with.
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Tiny wearable device changes color to indicate UV light exposure

Researchers at USC Viterbi School of Engineering have created a color-changing wearable device that notifies users when they have had enough sun exposure for one day. Best of all? It never has to be charged.
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Wearable microscope paves the way for at-home cancer detection, drug monitoring

UCLA researchers have developed a highly sensitive, wearable microscope that detects internal fluorescent biomarkers. This breakthrough could revolutionize cancer detection and drug delivery in chronically ill patients.

Aerial photography industry expected to grow despite drone regulations

New drone and imaging technology may be met with new regulations like the FAA's new commercial UAV laws, but the aerial photography industry is still expected to grow by over 12 percent.
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Laser tracking of blood-enhanced dye shows promise for cancer detection

Not happy with the current crop of diagnostic tools, a team of scientists have developed a blood-based laser that, in conjunction with a medical dye, someday may be used to detect cancer.