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Highlights from SXSW Interactive 2016

Now in its 30th year, the South By Southwest Interactive Festival fills the city of Austin Texas with all manner of gizmos, gadgets, exhibits, experiences, showcases and yes – traffic jams and epic lines. During the past week the town was an epicenter for all things tech, tackling complicated issues like privacy and gender equality in the digital space, and highlighting the more frivolous side of the equation with rock-paper-scissors-playing robots and giant Ferris wheels. Naturally, Gizmag was on hand to soak it all up. Here's a look at some of the highlights.Read More

Outdoors

Portable Hotaru shower applies pressure on the road

Portable showers, like this car-mounted version, have been around for some time, but they have a couple of disadvantages. First, their reservoir tanks can only hold a limited amount of water. Second, the pressure in most portable showers tends to be pretty feeble, as they usually rely on gravity for water flow. The Hotaru shower exhibited this week at SXSW tackles both problems, providing plenty of water pressure and reusing the same water for weeks at a time.Read More

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From virtual bobbleheads to smart peepholes: Highlights of the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

This is the 19th year the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas has held its Interactive Innovation Awards celebrating "the most inspiring, creative innovations in the connected world." But this is the first year that has included a showcase that gave the finalists the opportunity to demonstrate their concepts to the public. This took place on Monday and featured 35 exhibitors divided into 13 different categories, including "SciFi No More," "Music and Audio Innovation," and "Health, Med and Biotech." Gizmag was onsite to check out the offerings. Here are 10 of our favorites.Read More

Keep your voice in a pot, pour it out when you're done

There are some big booths on display on the floor of the trade show at this year's SXSW festival, but in a quiet (relatively speaking, of course) corner of the show there are two graduate students from Japan showing off a sweet little piece of technology. Called Otopot, the device lets you store and then pour away your voice like water.Read More

Drones

CUPID hexacopter delivers 80,000 volt shock to drone debate

Last week, at SXSW, creative tech studio Chaotic Moon demonstrated CUPID, a drone equipped with an stun gun that can incapacitate people with an 80,000 volt shock. The brave intern used as a guinea pig can no doubt testify to its effectiveness. The studio says the exercise was aimed at raising awareness of the extent to which technology is outpacing our ability to regulate and live with it. Read More

Computers

IBM's Watson sets the menu at SXSW

IBM's Watson supercomputer has been rather busy in recent years. When not triumphing over us inferior humans on Jeopardy, it has been trying its hand at customer service and offering its expertise in clinical diagnosis. The kitchen, however, has been one domain where our mastery has so far gone unmatched. Well, until now that is. IBM has put its cognitive computing system in control of the menu at a food truck feeding attendees at this week's SXSW festival and the appointment has resulted in some particularly imaginative dishes. Read More

3D Printing

"Print the Legend" tells the story of the biggest, little companies in 3D printing

3D printing is on a roll. Led by start-up companies like MakerBot and FormLabs, as well as the big-name companies like Stratasys and 3D Systems, the next industrial revolution has well and truly taken root in the last couple of years with the arrival of affordable desktop systems and a greater public awareness of the potential of the technology. This year at SXSW, the producers of The King of Kong and Freakonomics have premiered Print the Legend, a documentary focused on the rapidly expanding world of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Read More

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