Nissan unveiled the latest in a series of innovations designed to bring the benefits of its Intelligent Mobility blueprint to the daily lives of customers. Following the success of the Intelligent Parking Chair earlier this year, the newly-developed ProPILOT Chair negotiates queues on behalf of its occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line. Named after the company’s flagship autonomous driving technology, the ProPILOT Chair detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and…
Snapchat has moved beyond its application, and has been reorganized into the company Snap Inc. to reflect its expansion into consumer hardware. The company is set to launch its first hardware product: smart ‘Spectacles’ that can shoot first-person video clips that can transfer directly to the Snapchat app. The product will be available through Snap Inc.’s website Spectacles.com. “We’ve created one of the smallest wireless cameras in the world,” the company wrote in a post on its new site Snap.com,…
Traditional robots as we know them are clunky, lifeless, and made of either metal or plastic. For years, engineers have been searching for a way to end this perception, by introducing a robot made from soft materials and that can control itself like a living being. At Harvard University, this dream has become a reality thanks to two scientists who have published a paper in Nature about their charismatic, autonomous, soft-material ‘Octobot’. The Octobot’s creators, Robert Wood and Jennifer Lewis,…
U.S. based food joint Domino’s Pizza which operates around the world, is planning to launch the world’s first commercial drone delivery service after conducting a trial run in New Zealand. The pizza-maker announced that it plans to launch a regular drone delivery service by the end of this year, after conducting a trial in Auckland on Thursday, August 25. The first commercial trial in the world took place in the United States last month on July 23 when convenience store…
One of the most unusual wearable ideas has been cooked up by a group of PhD students from the MIT Media Lab and researchers from Microsoft Research. It’s a temporary tattoo concept dubbed DuoSkin - both functional and fashionable – that can turn into a touchpad, remotely control a smartphone, or share data using NFC (Near Field Communication). The students shared their innovative idea on MIT’s website. Their DuoSkin concept will be presented in full at a wearable symposium in…
A Turkish inventor claims to have created a phone with a screen that can only be seen when using a specific special pair of smart glasses. It’s the perfect privacy solution for anyone storing sensitive information on their device, in an age where people carry around smartphones and tablets everywhere they go, making it increasingly difficult to keep things private. The inventor, 40-year-old Celal Göger from Diyarbakir, Turkey, is said to have come up with the idea for the private…
The world is plagued by the scars of war. Landmines famously outlast conflicts that led to their deployment years before. In current and previously war-torn regions of the world, landmines are triggered every day by innocent civilians. But a Kickstarter-backed drone project could be the solution to end all risk of exploding landmines. Dubbed the Mine Kafon Drone, the Kickstarter project is designed to fly across minefields, detecting the explosive devices, and clearing them without putting anyone in harm’s way.…
French tech startup Devialet has created a one-of-a-kind egg-shaped Bluetooth speaker that is able to compete against most high-end sound equipment. The Phantom blasts out sounds at an incredible 99 decibels (close to what you would hear sitting on a motorcycle) via a streamlined sound system that combines all of the components of a home audio setup into an egg-shaped shell. It’s no bigger than a regular bowling ball. It sells for $1,990. Devialet started up in 2007, engineering amplifiers…
The new Mercedes-Benz E Class has been dubbed the world’s most hi-tech vehicle, with more autonomy than any other vehicle before it. The car can steer itself for up to 60 seconds, switch lanes at the press of a button, and the dashboard has a 25-inch widescreen with the same resolution as an Apple iPad. But it doesn’t come cheap, selling for roughly US$600,000. The technology embedded in the new Mercedes E Class is expected to be implemented in other…
Pokémon Go, the recently released free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, has taken the world by storm. A New Zealand man reportedly quit his job to catch Pokémon full-time. For all the tips and tricks that have amassed on the internet to aid Pokémon Go players in their quest to “catch ‘em all”, a new innovative product from Vixole has emerged to help improve your game through interactive sneakers. Vixole have come up…
Edward Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee, who famously copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 without permission, has helped develop plans for a smartphone case that could prevent digital surveillance. The plans are outlined in an online paper called ‘Against The Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance’. In the paper, Snowden and Singapore-based hacker Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang, outline plans to create a smartphone case that is able to display a notification and…
The first approved U.S. drone delivery, approved by aviation officials, has been made. Drone startup company Flirtey collaborated with 7-Eleven, the chain of international convenience stores, to make the delivery happen. The drone successfully delivered a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts from a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada to its destination on July 23, according to phys.org. Flirtey chief executive Matt Sweeny said: “This is just the first step in our collaboration with 7-Eleven. Flirtey’s historic drone deliveries to…
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