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World Beacon hopes to spread the SightCompass technology throughout schools, institutions ...

With their GPS capabilities and navigation apps, smartphones have undoubtedly made it easier for us to find our way around. The good news is we are starting to see these benefits extended to the visually impaired. SightCompass is a system that harnesses these strengths of the smartphone and combines them with proximity beacons to inform blind people of their surroundings.  Read More

Pioneer's new in-car multimedia systems are the first to feature support for Apple's CarPl...

Apple's CarPlay announcement back in March would have certainly caught the attention of many iPhone-toting drivers. But with the system to be integrated only in selected vehicles, at least initially, it may have left many scratching their head with their free hand. Pioneer has now come to the party, launching three multimedia systems that can be fitted to any vehicle and feature Apple CarPlay to offer smartphone control from behind the wheel.  Read More

The Soundbox Desk and accompanying chair is crafted from acacia wood, copper and steel

If you like your audio equipment with a vintage feel, there's a whole host of devices blending new technologies with an old-school aesthetic. Then again, if you're going to cast your mind back, while not go all the way back? Herein lies the thinking behind Korean metal art and design student Jina U's Soundbox Desk, a unique design that uses a phonograph-style horn to amplify the audio from your smart phone, without the need for electricity.  Read More

A team of Chinese designers has developed the Air umbrella with the aim of making tangles ...

People certainly haven't been afraid to try and reinvent the umbrella over the years. There was the solar-powered Booster Brolly, the windproof Rainshader and the lopsided Rain Shield, just to name a few. But now a team of Chinese designers is looking to do away with the awkward metal poles and canopy entirely, relying instead on a "force field" of air to keep you nice and dry.  Read More

The Spotify PartyDrone accompanied festival attendees, blasting their favorite tracks as t... We've seen drones designed to deliver Wi-Fi, pharmaceuticals and books, but your favorite music? That's what Spotify and Belgian mobile operator Base have done, enlisting UAVs to deliver personalized music to festival goers across Belgium last month.  Read More

The Earity buds let you know who is calling and enable you to answer or reject with a simp...

Let's be honest, if we put the ability to carry audio from a device to our ears to one side, headphone cords are nothing but trouble. When they aren't balled up in a tangled mess, they're catching on objects and yanking the buds out of our ears. While various wireless earphones have emerged to tackle this problem, the team behind Earity is looking to take this convenience one step further with a pair of earbuds that respond to voice commands.  Read More

Research conducted at the East Tennessee Sate University suggests that brain-computer inte...

By enabling users to communicate and control devices with their thoughts, brain-computer interfaces (BCI) hold almost a scary amount of potential. While they have achieved feats such as directing the flight of a quadcopter and helping victims of paralysis to communicate, sufferers of brainstem stroke with "locked-in" syndrome have so far been beyond reach. But now, a researcher at East Tennessee Sate University (ETSU) has demonstrated BCIs may in fact give brainstem stroke patients a voice again, with very specific brainwaves serving as a typing finger for a virtual keyboard.  Read More

The mutant gene SKN-1 found in the worm Caenorhabditis elegant has been shown to negate we...

Sure, foods that are high in sugar are often the most tempting, but that sugar rush can come at a weighty cost. A new study conducted at the University of South Carolina has suggested that this may not need be the case. Researchers have identified a gene that can dictate how these foods are processed, potentially suppressing the weight problems that go hand-in-hand with unhealthy eating habits.  Read More

Like a scene out of Star Wars, French drone enthusiasts raced their vehicles through the f...

Here's one for Star Wars diehards. A group of drone pilots have taken their vehicles to a dense forest in the French Alps, weaving in and out of trees in a spectacle that paid homage to the high-stakes pod races of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.  Read More

The pocket-sized Anura foldable drone from Aericam

Could drone technology become so pervasive that soon you won't be comfortable leaving home without some form of quadcopter in your pocket? San Francisco-based drone company AeriCam is looking to ease the mind of traveling pilots for whom the urge to fly can strike at any time. Anura is a low-cost drone not much larger than an iPhone, with fold-in rotors for better portability.  Read More

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