Emerging Tech
Emerging Tech

Authentic HAL-9000 virtual assistant could actually open the pod bay doors

The malevolent A.I. from sci-fi could find a place on your wall with an authentic HAL-9000 voice assistant. The officially licensed collectible will be released on the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Emerging Tech

Move over, lithium! Researchers create world’s first rechargeable proton battery

Sick of constantly spending money on new batteries for your appliances? Well, a team of researchers at RMIT University have created the world's first rechargeable proton battery.
Emerging Tech

Stealth startup launches four unauthorized rogue satellites into orbit

In what's being called “the first ever unauthorized launch of commercial satellites,” a startup from former Google and Apple engineers launched four satellites into orbit despite being denied permission by the FCC.
Emerging Tech

Flippy gets fired: Burger bot shut down after one day on the job

After Flippy made his debut at CaliBurger, the restaurant was flooded with so many customers hoping to see the burger-flipping robot in action they had to temporarily pull the plug to train the human workers.
Computing

Hackers could seize robots with ransomware, costing companies millions

A recent report explains that hackers could use ransomware to seize robots in corporate, manufacturing, and healthcare environments, costing millions. The attacks take advantage of how robots send and receive data.
Emerging Tech

Never get sunburned again with QSun, a wearable gizmo that tracks UV exposure

A new wearable device called QSun promises to help you keep track of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, courtesy of some smart artificial intelligence technology. It 's now on Kickstarter.
Outdoors

A drone captures dramatic footage of surfers caught in big waves in Portugal

Dramatic drone footage surfaced of big-wave surfer Alex Botelho getting caught in massive swells while attempting to surf the legendary waves in Nazeré, Portugal. Things go from bad to worse when a jet ski attempts a rescue.
Emerging Tech

Blink and you’ll miss it: This robot solves a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds

Think that you can solve a Rubik's Cube quickly? It's nothing compared to this amazing new robot that's able to crack the colorful puzzle in just 0.38 seconds. Here's how it works.
Home Theater

Bose’s new prototype AR glasses focus on what you hear, not what you see

Bose announced a new augmented reality platform that changes what you hear around you instead of what you see and based on its first prototype, the company has big plans for the technology's future.
Emerging Tech

Smart toys accurately predict whether a guide dog will make it through training

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a smart toy which can accurately predict which would-be guide dogs are likely to successfully complete their training.
Product Review

Crowbar not included: This enormous 3D printer has one frustrating flaw

Despite its sturdy frame and high-end components, the Zortrax M300 is ultimately held back by a myriad of small design flaws and seemingly incomplete software.
Emerging Tech

NASA releases first images of Jupiter’s bizarre geometric storms

Bizarre geometric storms circle a single massive cyclone on each of the Jupiter's poles. The storms measure several thousands miles across and reach wind speeds nearing 220 miles per hour.
Emerging Tech

Harvard researchers are making robot exosuits that better support their users

Researchers at Harvard University have been developing new technology that will allow robot exosuits to work more efficiently with their wearers. The results could be game-changing.
Emerging Tech

From poop to power: How farms could double as energy production plants

New research out of the University of Waterloo in Canada suggests that manure could be used as a renewable energy source to help heat your home while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Emerging Tech

Genetic engineering innovation makes plants more efficient at using water

Using genetic engineering, researchers have been able to improve the efficiency of how crops use water by 25 percent -- without compromising their yield. The results could be transformative.
Emerging Tech

Vision-improving nanoparticle eyedrops could end the need for glasses

Researchers in Israel have developed special eyedrops which, combined with a laser process, can significantly improve vision for many. Best of all, the treatment can be done at home.
Emerging Tech

Lawmakers discussing proposal that would allow cops to take over drones

Wiretapping laws mean the police can't use a radio jammer to bring down a misbehaving drone, but officials are discussing potential legislation to change that. The bill isn't official yet -- and a similar proposal failed last year.
Emerging Tech

Underwater swarms and sonar-bombing drones: Meet the deep-sea Xprize finalists

Nine finalists have been announced for the Shell Ocean Discovery Xprize, a three-year competition to map the deep seafloor using autonomous technology. The finalists' projects include heavy-lift drones and underwater robotic swarms.