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— Robotics

GE sees robots as the apprentices of the future

By - July 28, 2015 2 Pictures

It's widely believed that we're in the middle of a robotics revolution, but at this stage robots are still largely confined to cages doing tasks that don't require a lot of intelligence or interaction with us humans. We spoke with John Lizzi, Manager of the Distributed Intelligent Systems Laboratory at GE Global Research, about General Electric's approach to the future of robotics – specifically the future of what the company calls "service robotics," where robot apprentices will work closely with humans and take over many of the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs of today.

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— Automotive Feature

Ten $10 million cars head for Pebble Beach

Only 18 cars have ever sold at auction for more than US$10 million. It's illustrative that 11 of those cars have sold during the mid–August Monterey Car Week auctions surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This year that number might rise dramatically as there are 10 cars going to auction over a three day period that are estimated to surpass the $10 million barrier.

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— Health and Wellbeing

Opternative's online eye-testing service returns prescriptions in 24 hours

By - July 28, 2015 1 Picture

Taking time out of your day to make an appointment and see an optometrist isn't always that agreeable, and that's before they blow those little puffs of air onto your eyeballs. But one Chicago-based startup has visions of making eye examinations a lot more accessible. Since 2012, Opternative has been developing an online eye tester that lets users obtain prescriptions for glasses and contacts from the comfort of the home or office. And now with clinical trial success under its belt, it's rolling the service out to the public.

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— Automotive Feature

Penniless in Pebble Beach (the poor man's guide to Monterey Car Week)

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week often conjure visions of the rich and famous sipping champagne as they cruise about in chauffeured Bugatti Royales. Tickets for some events run to $450 and sell out in a heartbeat, but that's not the end of the story. Somer Hooker explores the many less-costly aspects of the massive festival and details how to have a good time on a very limited budget.

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— Architecture

Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo

Renowned Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga has created a standout pavilion for this year’s World Exposition, currently taking place in Milan and running until the end of October. Inspired by "the art of hospitality", the pavilion features a dramatic external wooden facade and stretches over 1,910 sq m (20,560 sq ft). It is strategically positioned next to EXPO’s central concert arena and is a worthwhile stop to explore Chile's art, culture, wine and cuisine.

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— Computers

Cusby transforms lone Macbook USB-C port into an a-la-carte device hub

By - July 27, 2015 3 Pictures

The new USB-C connection is powerful, versatile, and poised to shape the future of many consumer electronic devices. But despite this promise, new Macbook owners accustomed to having separate ports for HDMI, USB, and/or video, may find a single USB-C port to be rather limiting. Cusby is a compact, modular and expandable adapter designed to make the transition to a USB-C future a bit easier.

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