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BMW, Mobileye and Intel are building a full self-driving car for 2021

12 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : CrunchGear

BMW is teaming up with Mobileye and Intel to work on its first fully autonomous self-driving car. The car manufacturer plans to ship this car by 2021. This confirms Bloomberg’s report. Compared to existing self-driving technology, this new generation of cars is supposed to be able to drive itself from start to finish. Show More Summary

Furby gets updated again for the smartphone era

A good Furby doesn’t die, it just runs out of batteries. And maybe, if you’re lucky, it evolves every few years or so. Back in 2012, Hasbro brought the cuddly little iconic monster back from the toy grave with an electronic update. A...Show More Summary

Das Keyboards is crowdfunding a cloud-connected, intelligent keyboard

Das Keyboard, everyone’s favorite keyboard company that sounds like something Kraftwerk would carry with them on road gigs, has announced the 5Q, a smart keyboard with two-way communications to cloud servers. What does that mean? ItShow More Summary

The Pleurobot robo-salamander crawls and swims like a real amphibian

The mad roboticists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have produced another biomimetic mechanoid — this one based on the lithe locomotion of the salamander. “Pleurobot” imitates the amphibian’s ambulation with its own articulated vertebrae, allowing it to slither along on land or at sea. Read More

Devialet announces a golden speaker for the discerning music lover

From fancy chocolates to jet airplanes to teeth, gold makes things better. Devialet took this to heart when they introduced their 4500 Watt Gold Phantom, a powerful speaker with gold-plated side panels and audio quality that, in the right environment, is out of this world. Show More Summary

Snowfox trackerphone is another mobile alternative for parents to give kids

Finland-based Internet of Things startup Haltian, which back in 2014 crowdfunded an IoT developer device aimed at lowering the barrier of entry to building connected devices, is lining up its next IoT device: a tracker phone for parents to give younger kids. Read More

Writing aid for the blind provides a case study for “compassionate engineering” at Carnegie Mellon

New mobile games and robot butlers are all well and good, but there are also many applications for the latest technology in poverty-stricken school districts and in the service of the disabled. A Carnegie Mellon project that targets both of those things is described by its leaders as an exercise in what they call “compassionate engineering.” Read More

Cryptography pioneer Marty Hellman calls for compassion in personal, cyber, and international threats

It’s been a long time since Marty Hellman and his collaborator Whitfield Diffie ushered in a new era of private communication with their invention of public key cryptography — but better late than never when it comes to winning the Turing Award, referred to by some as the Pulitzer for technology. Show More Summary

Researchers make it easier to squirt out the last of the shampoo with science

If you’ve ever gnawed your way through a plastic bottle to get out the last delicious drops of soap you’ll be pleased to learn that researchers at The Ohio State University have created a type of plastic containing small structures that...Show More Summary

Hover Camera is a personal drone for selfie lovers

If you’re done with selfie sticks and are looking for what comes next in the narcissistic world of self-photography, look no further than Hover Camera, a new “personal” drone that gives you a different — more aerial — view of you and your life. Read More

Novelist John Sundman talks CRISPR, genetics, and logic bombs

Novelist John Sundman is a national treasure. His best work, Acts of the Apostles, predicts CRISPR, advanced genetic engineering, and chip-based Trojan Horses and his writing is at once dense and thrilling. I got the chance to talk with...Show More Summary

JBL’s Charge 3 waterproof speakers are big on battery and bass

I do the same thing every time I get a waterproof device – I take it home, fill up the sink and dunk it. It’s a strangely cathartic, a sort of gadget baptism, and nicely refreshing for someone who spends so much of his time cautiously handling expensive hardware devices. Show More Summary

Xiaomi’s newest gadget is a foldable electric bicycle that costs $450

Is there anything that China’s Xiaomi doesn’t sell? The company best-known for its affordable but high-quality smartphones recently announced its first drone, right after launching a smart rice cooker, and now it has unveiled an electric bicycle. Read More

National Science Foundation allots $1.5M to kid-focused maker projects

To celebrate 2016’s Week of Making (don’t tell me you forgot!), the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1.5 million to five small projects looking to get kids involved with STEM topics, creative play and generally making stuff. Read More

WowWee’s got a new coding robot and a dead-simple drone

WowWee, the Hong Kong-based manufacturer behind that old RadioShack stalwart, RoboSapien, showed off a couple of promising high tech toys due out in the fall. COJI is one of the company’s more compelling products in a while. The little...Show More Summary

NASA app brings live ISS views and latest space media to Apple TV

Space fiends who are also couch potatoes, rejoice! NASA’s all-purpose app for finding and watching content from the cosmos has arrived on Apple TV. Read More

Roost’s latest connected home product detects leaks and freezing

It looked like Roost when getting ready to go full-on Nest when the company made the leap from connected batteries to smoke alarms, but its latest product represents a different approach to a connected home strategy. The Smart WaterShow More Summary

Amazon’s Kindle gets a thinner and lighter design sporting double the RAM

It’s a little late for Father’s Day, but at least there’s plenty of summer vacationing time left to take full advantage of Amazon’s newly refreshed Kindle. The entry-level e-reader has slimmed down and dropped a little weight in time for swimsuit season – 16-percent, for those counting, now down to 5.7 ounces. The new version features double the RAM of its… Read More

ISS installs networking tech that may soon connect the whole Solar System

When you really need to get a signal in from Pluto, a direct connection isn’t always possible. Oh sure, when it’s a big project like New Horizons, you can make sure the line is clear and someone’s listening — but for routine updates from a Neptune orbiter or power-starved comet lander, there’s Delay Tolerant Networking, which just got its first big installation on… Read More

The Perfect Memory camera will record your entire life

Imagine having a perfect recall and a way to auto-edit your life into exciting, fun snippets (even if your life isn’t exciting or fun.) That’s what the Perfect Memory wireless camera aims to do. The camera, created by the the team at General Streaming Systems, LLC, is an evolution on the traditional body cam. Show More Summary

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