Computational creativity and the future of AI

Ben Coxworth

The arm band can be worn against the skin or over clothing (Image: University of Tokyo)

New help may be on the way for healthcare personnel tasked with monitoring multiple patients. Researchers from the University of Tokyo have created a solar-powered arm band, that sounds an alarm if the wearer's body temperature gets too high.  Read More

The prototype Raht Racer – Raht standing for Recumbent Human Automobile Transit

With their sleek shells providing both protection from the elements and an aerodynamic advantage over bicycles, human-powered velomobiles do offer an intriguing alternative to cars. Unfortunately, though, they can't go as fast as automobiles, meaning that they often still have to be ridden along the side of the road. Minneapolis-based inventor Rich Kronfield wants to change that, with his Raht Racer. It's an electric-assist velomobile that amplifies the rider's pedaling power, reportedly allowing them to move as fast as the cars around them.  Read More

Patrick Priebe's zapper pistol takes out a balloon

Laser weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe is no stranger to building functioning versions of guns from video games. Recently, he received a number of requests to create something from the game League of Legends. The result, the Jinx character's zapper pistol, could certainly be described as "electrifying."  Read More

Research team member Dr. Katarzyna Wybranska, with a wound dressing treated with the gold ...

We've been hearing a lot about the antibacterial qualities of silver, with silver nanoparticles finding use in everything from water filters to food packaging. Unfortunately, there are also concerns about the toxicity of those particles, particularly when they enter our bodies. Now, however, Polish scientists have developed what they claim is a safer alternative – an antibacterial coating that kills microbes using gold.  Read More

Fisher Price's Smart Connect Cradle ’n Swing is remotely-controlled via a smartphone app

Rocking a fussing baby back to sleep is certainly a crucial part of the bonding process, but there are times when doing so just isn't convenient ... right? Well, regardless of your feelings about it, Fisher Price's new Smart Connect Cradle ’n Swing is on its way. It's a motorized rocking cradle that parents control via their smartphone.  Read More

The SkiTaker system allows users to clip the bottoms of the skis onto the sides of their b...

Downhill skis may give you an unmatched feeling of freedom and exhilaration when you're actually skiing, but they can be quite awkward to carry when you're not on the slopes. That's why a group of Spanish entrepreneurs has created the SkiTaker system. It allows users to clip the ends of their skis onto the sides of their boots, then "walk" their skis around vaguely like upside-down stilts.  Read More

The buckle me up dash module flashes and beeps if children unbuckle while the parent is dr...

Most parents are fairly diligent about making sure that their young children buckle up at the start of car trips. Unfortunately, due to the fact that many cars don't have rear seatbelt warning systems, they may not realize that their kids have released their belt while en route. Needless to say, the outcome of an accident under such circumstances could be tragic. That's why an Australian startup has launched buckle me up, a system that wirelessly adds a rear seatbelt warning system to cars that don't already have one.  Read More

The 18.75 lb (8.5 kg) Ultra-X is made largely from carbon fiber Given that their design incorporates hinges and locking mechanisms, folding bikes aren't necessarily synonymous with light weight. Allen Sports' new Ultra X, however, tips the scales at just 18.75 lb (8.5 kg). The carbon fiber commuter may just be the world's lightest folding bike ... or at least, the lightest one that looks relatively normal.  Read More

New algorithms compare a video's background imagery and audio to that of thousands of othe...

Sometimes, a posted video is the only clue to the whereabouts of a missing person, or a terrorist group. Unfortunately, unless that video has already been geo-tagged, it can often be very difficult to tell where it was shot. Now, however, scientists have created algorithms that can determine a video's location by comparing its background imagery and audio to that of thousands of other videos.  Read More

CorPower Ocean's wave power-harnessing buoys utilize a geared drivetrain instead of hydrau...

Harnessing wave power can be a tricky business. It's one thing to build a device that simply moves up and down with the waves, but another to build one that's efficient enough to be cost-effective. Swedish company CorPower Ocean claims to have done just that, however. Its wave energy converter buoys reportedly generate five times more energy per ton of device, at a third the cost of other wave power systems.  Read More

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