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Clever new A.I. system promises to train your dog while you’re away from home

A prototype device is able to give out canine commands, check to see if they’re being obeyed, and then provide a treat as a reward when they are.
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The future of cooking: How a robotic chef is cooking up a crazy new kitchen

Today, our kitchens have things like ovens, fridges, stovetops, toasters, and microwaves. Tomorrow, they might just have built-in robotic sous chefs.
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These scientists have a wildly futuristic plan to harvest energy from black holes

Could energy from black holes be harvested to provide power for future off-planet colonies? It sounds crazy. It might very well be. But it could be possible.
Salmon Cannon

The world’s first fully automated ‘salmon cannon’ is here to save the planet

How do you transport salmon upstream when there's a dam or other blockage in the way? With a Hyperloop for fish, of course.
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Safe graphene battery won’t unexpectedly burst into flames like lithium-ion

Graphene is one seriously exciting material. Its next trick could be powering the next generation of batteries.
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The future of cars: A new spin on an old idea could revolutionize autonomous vehicles

Most autonomous cars use lidar and other light-based sensors to see the world around them. But what if they could use radar, too?

This clever attachment gives any powered wheelchair autonomous superpowers

This smart tech can help powered wheelchairs avoid accidents. That's a much bigger problem to solve than you might imagine.
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New A.I. hearing aid learns your listening preferences and makes adjustments

One of the picks for this year’s CES 2021 Innovation Awards is a smart hearing aid that uses A.I. to improve the audio experience in a couple of crucial ways.
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The future of reality: Next-Gen AR smartglasses make Google Glass look quaint

Augmented reality glasses have been progressing slowly over the past few years. Now, at CES 2021, they're finally at a point where they don't look so weird.

Futuristic new appliance uses A.I. to sort and prep your recycling

Hate sorting the recycling? This machine will do the time-saving (and planet-saving) job on your behalf.
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‘Impulse’ controller reads your muscle signals to click before your fingers move

Think a mouse click takes too darn long? For competitive online gamers, it very well might. The Impulse Neuro-Controller could change that.

Get this smartphone scope and you might never have to visit an optometrist again

There's no longer a reason to leave your home to get a vision check for new glasses. Here's how VisionCheck 2 works.
TCL Wearable Display

TCL Wearable Display squeezes a giant HD TV into a pair of sunglasses

TCL has been working on its Wearable Display smartglasses tech for some time. At CES 2021, it finally showed off the model it plans to ship.
Smell Inspector CU

This artificial ‘nose on a chip’ can sniff out wine, coffee, and noxious gas

Small Inspector is a multi-channel smell detector chip that could be used to give your smart devices a sensitive schnozz.
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New software will transform 2D photos into 3D holographic images for display

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transform any boring, flat image into a three-dimensional hologram for your viewing pleasure? A startup promises just that.

It may sound ridiculous, but the future of satellites could be steam-powered

It might sound like something straight out of steampunk, but steam power could turn out to be a revolutionary innovation for CubeSats.
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Future armies could use teams of drones and robots to storm buildings

An Israeli defense firm has shown off a new A.I.-powered system that allows for drones and robots to enter buildings to scan the insides to create maps.
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Futuristic flying ambulances might be coming to the skies of New York City

Science fiction? Not for long if a new deal struck by the Israeli company Urban Aeronautics lives up its promise.
Data Picard

A Star Trek fan deepfaked Next Generation-era Data into the new Picard series

A Star Trek fan deepfaked Next Generation-era Data into the new Picard series using cutting-edge technology.
Nanomedic Technologies

Spider-Man style bandage gun covers wounds with a web of healing nanofibers

The next time a surgeon points a gun at you, they might be trying to save your life.
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What does 2021 have in store? Here are science fiction’s predictions

Oddly enough, there are a lot of popular science fiction stories set in the year 2021. Here's what they got right (and wrong) about the future.
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Holotron is a robotic exosuit that could transform the way we use VR

Virtual reality has progressed in leaps and bounds in the past few years, but virtual worlds still don't feel real. Holotron aims to change that.

One of Russia’s largest oil producers creates a Bitcoin mining farm in Siberia

Gazprom Neft, one of the largest oil producers in Russia, is getting into mining -- for Bitcoin, that is.

Edit, undo: Temporary gene editing could help solve the mosquito problem

Movies have taught us that genetically tweaking a killer animal and then releasing it isn't smart. This could be one solution.
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The world’s first wooden satellite could launch into orbit by 2023

Earth has a problem with orbiting space junk. Wooden satellites might be one way to avoid making the problem worse.
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Man uses brain-controlled prosthetic robot arms to eat a Twinkie

A quadriplegic man, who suffered an accident in his teens that left him with minimal movement in his hands, used two prosthetic robot arms to feed himself.
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Military nano drones help soldiers map out the battlefield ahead

This tiny, lightweight drone could be used by the military for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance.
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Are old-school magnetic tapes the data storage medium of the future?

IBM has been considering using digital magnetic tape, a storage medium that was first invented in 1952, as the method of the future.
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His granddad lost the ability to read, so he built a DIY text-to-speech rig

Ben Affleck (no, no that one) is an engineer. So when his 100-year old grandfather lost his ability to read, he flexed his engineering muscle to develop a fix.
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No cows required: This startup’s lab-grown milk is identical to the real thing

The dairy industry causes monumental damage to the environment. To change that, this clever Israeli startup has developed a way to make real milk without cows
xFold drone

This industrial drone is capable of lifting an astonishing amount of weight

Think drones can only lift lightweight objects? Think again! xFold drones are capable of lifting up to 1,000 pounds.

Spatial is what would happen if Slack and Zoom had a virtual reality baby

Emails are generally better than SMS, phone calls are better than emails, and Zoom-style video calls are better than phone calls. Could VR be best of all?

The internet is changing human migration patterns

It’s not exactly breaking news to say that the internet has changed the world. But this insight into migration is one way you might not have considered.
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The future of military training? Target practice on running, shrieking robots

How do you create the shooting range of the future? Get your hands on an army of autonomous robots to shoot at, of course.