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Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson includes 65 recipes developed with the help of IBM's Wa...

These days, it seems like every celebrity comes out with a cookbook at some point, and IBM's Watson supercomputer is no exception. The newly released Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson includes 65 recipes, developed with the help of what's billed as "the world’s first cognitive cooking system", is the result of a three-year collaboration between IBM Research and chefs at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE).  Read More

ONR has been conducting demonstrations of the LOCUST project for swarming UAVs

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has revealed that it has been conducting demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at various locations over the past month. The demonstrations were part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program, which is developing quick launching UAV swarm technology to overwhelm adversaries.  Read More

Jawbone and American Express have partnered to bring mobile payments to the new Jawbone UP...

Who says mobile payments need to involve a phone? Jawbone and American Express have partnered to bring mobile payment capabilities to the new Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker. With the device, American Express cardholders will be able to make purchases anywhere that accepts contactless payments, even if they don’t have their phone on them.  Read More

Hazan Motorworks Supercharged Harley at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas (Ph...

Hand Crafted. In Austin it's a high art. Only in its second year, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is an invitational showcase for hand crafted motorcycles that has rapidly set the custom bike builders' world on its ear by raising the bar for custom shows. Builders from across the USA assembled in Austin during the MotoGP weekend to display their work in a three day event that's a mecca for the top talent the motorcycle industry has to offer. What happens when you put the best motorcycle crafters in the world together in one room?  Read More

Seattle-based Freefly Systems unveiled its new Alta drone at this week's NAB show in Las V...

If you're in the business of making drones for photography, it takes a bit to stand out from the crowd these days. Drone-mounted cameras are only getting better, and the vehicles themselves are only becoming more capable of accommodating higher quality lenses and equipment. Freefly Systems is looking to add another element to the airborne filmmaking mix with a professional-grade UAV that can fly with a camera above its body.  Read More

Bullseye!

Typically a highly specialized, narrow-purpose tool that the average person would never have a use for, the throwing knife just got much more functional. San Francisco-based startup Urchin Sky equips a simple throwing knife with more than 20 different functions in the form of its Kniper multi-tool. The Kniper combines typical multi-tool elements like wrenches and drivers with not-so-typical inclusions like a tobacco pipe and fork.  Read More

Using layers of graphene, scientists claim to have created a photodetector that converts l...

Converting light to electricity is one of the pillars of modern electronics, with the process essential for the operation of everything from solar cells and TV remote control receivers through to laser communications and astronomical telescopes. These devices rely on the swift and effective operation of this technology, especially in scientific equipment, to ensure the most efficient conversion rates possible. In this vein, researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (Institut de Ciències Fotòniques/ICFO) in Barcelona have demonstrated a graphene-based photodetector they claim converts light into electricity in less than 50 quadrillionths of a second.  Read More

The Brain4Cars system analyzes drivers' head movements to determine what they're planning ...

We keep hearing about systems designed to either alert drivers to impending collisions, to let them know that they've made a mistake (such as drifting out of their lane), or to tell them that they're getting tired. Brain4Cars, however, takes yet another approach. Created by scientists at Cornell and Stanford universities, it monitors drivers to determine when they're about to do something wrong, so it can warn them not to.  Read More

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