Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

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April 14

OneMini — mobile translation assistant

In the age of Google Translate, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to buy a dedicated universal translator device — but OneMini has a few nifty tricks that make it worthwhile. First of all, it does two-way translation, so you don’t have to constantly swap the translator back and forth from, say, English to German and German to English. Second of all, if you find yourself in a pinch, OneMini also gives you instant access to a live interpreter who can handle the situation. Pretty neat, right?

Feelreal — multisensory VR

VR has come a long way in the past few years in terms of realism and immersiveness, but for the most part, it still only engages two of our senses: Sight and sound. Feelreal attempts to expand the range of sensory feedback you can get from virtual worlds by adding smell and touch into the mix. It can simulate wind blowing through your hair with built-in fans, it can spray mist on your face to simulate wet environments, and it can even pump out scents associated with specific scenes.

Hush Iced — cooling weighted blanket

Weighted blankets are all the rage right now, and this is arguably one of the coolest ones yet — pun thoroughly intended. Hush Iced, as it’s called, is a weighted blanket that’s designed with a highly breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that prevents you from overheating while you sleep. This is especially nice if you live in a hotter part of the world, or you simply run hot at night. You won’t find another weighted blanket like this — almost all of them you can buy right now are focused on keeping you warm.

Bull3t — keychain flashlight

Flashlights are a handy thing to have with you at all times, but most people will agree that lugging around a full-sized flashlight is a bit of a pain. More often than not, it’s easierto skip the flashlight altogether and just use an app on your smartphone. But what if there was a flashlight so small that you’d hardly even notice you’re carrying it? That’s where the Bull3t comes in. In addition to being one of the smallest torches in the world, it’s also completely waterproof, fireproof, and crushproof — so it’s pretty much guaranteed to last.

Halfbike 3 — ultracompact bicycle

If you love the freedom and mobility of biking, but hate how cumbersome and unruly bicycles can be, the latest Halfbike might be right up your alley. It’s essentially a bike that’s had all the nonessential components stripped away — including the seat. It’s designed to be ridden standing up, but thanks to its clever design, you can pedal and lean to turn Halfbike just like you would on a normal bike. The best part, however, is how lightweight and compact it is. When you’re not riding, you can fold up the Halfbike 3 and carry it around with one arm.

Emerging Tech

NASA is building an inflatable space robot named King Louie

NASA is funding an inflatable robot called King Louie which could travel to the stars in deflated form and then be blown up when and where required. Here is why that's so exciting.
Home Theater

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Exclusive interviews with the designers, futurists, and visionaries behind the Surface Hub 2 paint a dramatic picture of how Microsoft thinks collaboration will change your office.
Emerging Tech

U.S. police are testing out Batman-style bola guns to catch criminals

U.S. police are taking a page out of Batman’s playbook with a new grappling hook gun, called the BolaWrap, which fires out a kevlar cord able to tie up assailants in the blink of an eye.
Emerging Tech

U.S., U.K. embrace autonomous robot spy subs that can stay at sea for months

Unmanned, autonomous robot spy submarines that are able to stay at sea for months at a time may be coming to both the United States and its ally across the pond, the U.K. Here's what we know so far.
Emerging Tech

Meet the gene-edited bacteria that could make cannabis plants obsolete

Ever wanted to brew cannabis like you brew craft beer? At UC Berkeley, biologists have managed to engineer brewer’s yeast so that it produces the main cannabinoids found in marijuana.
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Emerging Tech

Planet-hunting satellite discovers its first Earth-sized planet

NASA's planet hunting satellite, TESS, has made a new discovery. Last month the satellite discovered its first exoplanet. And now it has achieved another milestone, locating its first Earth-sized planet and a larger sibling planet.
Emerging Tech

Resupply mission carries 7,600 pounds of scientific equipment to ISS

The Cygnus spacecraft has rendezvoused with the International Space Station as part of a months-long resupply mission. The craft will remain docked until July 23, while the crew take in the 7,600 pounds of research equipment it carried.
Emerging Tech

Astronomers surprised to find deep lakes of methane on Titan

In the two years since the Cassini probe burned up in Saturn's rings, data from its recordings is still being analyzed. The latest research has shown that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, hosts deep liquid lakes of methane on its surface.
Emerging Tech

Happy birthday, Hubble! Telescope celebrates with image of Southern Crab Nebula

In 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit, where it has remained for nearly three decades collecting information about deep space. To celebrate its birthday, Hubble imaged the beautiful Southern Crab Nebula.
Emerging Tech

Star gives off superflare equal to 80 billion megatonnes of TNT. That’s a lot

A tiny star the size of Jupiter has been observed giving off a massive superflare 10 times more powerful than any flare from our Sun. The findings are raising questions about how much energy small stars can hold.
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SpaceX experiences problem during test, Crew Dragon capsule may have exploded

SpaceX has experienced a problem during the testing of its Crew Dragon capsule. During the engine test firing at Cape Canaveral yesterday afternoon, an unspecified anomaly occurred which lead to plumes of smoke rising from the test site.
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