Computational creativity and the future of AI

Chris Wood

The ESA's Integral satellite will make its way back to Earth in 2029 (Image: ESA/Medialab)

After 12 years in orbit, the European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of enacting its retirement plan for the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (Integral). However, while the agency is adjusting the orbit of the satellite now, the spacecraft will continue to make observations for some years, and won’t re-enter Earth’s atmosphere until the late 2020s.  Read More

The Sentinel-1A (left) and CryoSat (right) satellites have provided key data on the degred...

Both the ESA’s Sentinel-1A and CryoSat satellites have detected a significant degree of ice loss in the Austfonna ice cap, located on Norway’s Nordaustlandet island in the Svalbard archipelago. Parts of the ice cap have thinned by as much as 50 m (164 ft) since 2012 – around a sixth of its total thickness, and the speed of the outer glacier has increased to 3.8 km (2.4 miles) per year.  Read More

Delsey's smart luggage prototype has a lot going for it, but not every feature will make i...

French luggage manufacturer Delsey has revealed a prototype connected smart bag. Known as Pluggage, the bag links to a companion app, and offers various features such as fingerprint unlocking, location tracking and a built-in smartphone charger. The company is currently asking potential customers to vote for their favorite features, a number of which will be included in the final product.  Read More

Nvidia claims that its latest Maxwell GPU is capable of 1080p 60 fps performance, even on ...

Nvidia has pulled back the curtain on its latest Maxwell graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960. Unlike previous cards packing the company’s latest GPU architecture, this is an entry level offering, coming in at just US$199.  Read More

The ChargeTech adapter can be used with phones and tablets, smartwatches, Bluetooth speake...

ChargeAll’s ChargeTech is a convenient adapter that promises to charge your gadgets significantly faster than stock alternatives. It’s small, allows you to power up two devices at once, and comes in a car charger variant. The company is also in the process of crowdfunding what it claims is the thinnest and lightest iPhone 6 battery case around.  Read More

The new sensors are designed to be flexible and are high conductive, allowing them to main...

Researchers have developed a new silver nanowire sensor that has the potential to significantly improve long-term patient health monitoring. The new sensor is as accurate as those used in hospitals, and thanks to its dry nature and flexibility, is well suited to electrophysiological monitoring when the patient is moving around.  Read More

Cree's new LED bulb can be switched on and off using your smartphone, and includes the com...

Back in October, Cree released an improved version of its LED bulb, revamping its cooling system while hitting an affordable price point. The company’s latest effort continues the trend, adding in smart home functionality while keeping the price down and the energy efficiency high.  Read More

A long-exposure night time view of the NGTS telescopes during testing – the ESO's VISTA is...

The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) array, built by a UK, German and Swiss consortium, has achieved first light at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The installation is designed to search for exoplanets between two and eight times the size of Earth, studying them as they pass in front of their parent star.  Read More

ZTE's new device on display at CES (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag) The Spyro 2 is versatile, compact multi-function smart projector from ZTE. Running on Google’s Android OS, it offers both mobile hotspot and portable projector functionality in a compact, aesthetically-pleasing package.  Read More

The headset offers local audio playback and fitness tracking for just $16

Eamey’s Primo 3 is a headset that combines activity tracking and audio playback, while doing away with wires. The low-cost accessory offers local audio storage alongside a built-in FM radio, and is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign.  Read More

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