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  • Ford opens up its patents to drive EV tech forward

    58m By Nick Lavars
    Tesla grabbed the attention of the entire electric vehicle (EV) industry when it opened up all of its patents last year, and now it looks like this apparent altruism is inspiring others to follow suit. Ford, like Tesla, has now opened up its EV patents to its…
  • Awair helps you monitor the air quality in your home

    1h By Dave Parrack
    The air that's around us is, in the big scheme of things, rather important to us humans. As we're constantly breathing this air in and out, if it's of a consistency poor quality it can adversely affect our health and well-being. This is why monitoring the air…
  • Lenovo looks to a future of big screen smartwatches, phone projectors and mood-broadcasting shoes

    2h By Nick Lavars
    Lenovo has used its first global technology event to imagine a not-too-distant future where you gauge somebody's mood by their footwear, smartphones can be controlled via projected displays and smartwatch screens are stretched to 20 times their current size.…
  • Stereolabs' ZED camera delivers long range 3D vision

    3h By Francis X Govers III
    San Francisco-based Stereolabs has launched a new 3D camera that promises to deliver high quality 3D image capture at a less than astronomical price. The compact, lightweight ZED 3D vision sensor can measure distances out to 20 meters (65 feet) and work…
  • First manned flight for Flike personal tricopter

    12:14am By Darren Quick
    Despite always generating plenty of interest, getting a personal flight vehicle off the ground can be a huge undertaking – just ask Malloy Aeronautics, which has been forced to scale its Hoverbike down, selling a one-third-scale drone to raise funds to…
  • Google Cardboard 2: Hands-on

    12:01am By Will Shanklin
    Today Google dished out a second-generation version of Google Cardboard to Google I/O attendees. We took ours for a spin and tried its new support for 6-inch phones the only way we knew how: by popping the Nexus 6 inside this bad boy... Continue Reading Google…
  • EarthRoamer reveals its largest off-road expedition vehicle yet

    12:01am By C.C. Weiss
    “That’s cool, but you’re never going to sell one.” It’s a sentiment that EarthRoamer, builder of some of the world's toughest off-road expedition vehicles, has heard many times over the 12 years it's been rolling product out. But it has sold them,…
  • MIT's robotic cheetah can now leap over obstacles

    Thu 11:20pm By Nick Lavars
    The last time we heard from the researchers working on MIT's robotic cheetah project, they had untethered their machine to let it bound freely across the campus lawns. Wireless and with a new spring in its step, the robot hit speeds of 10 mph (6 km/h) and…
  • Software problem "pauses" LightSail mission

    Thu 11:01pm By David Szondy
    The LightSail solar sail mission has been "paused" due to a software glitch related to a design flaw in the avionics software, which has frozen the onboard computer in a fashion all too familiar to terrestrial technology users... Continue Reading Software…
  • HueRay combines handlebar grips and side lights

    Thu 10:19pm By Ben Coxworth
    There are already bicycle "running lights" that plug into the ends of the handlebars, providing side visibility when cycling at night. HueRay takes that same idea but makes it sturdier and more self-contained, with silicone bar grips that incorporate their…
  • Boeing awarded first commercial manned space mission contract

    Thu 8:35pm By David Szondy
    Commercial passenger spaceflight has gone on the books with Boeing announcing that it's received the first contract ever issued to a private company to carry out a manned space mission. The NASA task order means that Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft will ferry…
  • Lamborghini is officially developing an SUV

    Thu 6:22pm By C.C. Weiss
    Back at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Lamborghini gave the world a look at what a modern Raging Bull-badged sport utility vehicle might look like. Not a bad-ass, ultra-rugged Rambo Lambo redux, but a car-like crossover for the new, eco-conscious millennium.…
  • CoCoRo underwater mini-robots school like fish and share knowledge

    Thu 6:13pm By Ben Coxworth
    Starting in April 2011, the European Union CoCoRo (Collective Cognitive Robots) research consortium has been developing three varieties of autonomous underwater robots that school together like fish. By doing so, the little bots can share and learn from…
  • The classroom of the future: We went on a virtual field trip with Google Cardboard

    Thu 6:01pm By Will Shanklin
    Google I/O was light on new consumer products this year (and by "light," we mean there were none at all), but the company made up for the lack of marquee sizzle with some important under-the-radar innovations. While Google Cardboard is still, well, made of…
  • Biodegradable computer chips made almost entirely from wood

    Thu 4:11pm By Ben Coxworth
    As electronic devices are becoming outdated at an increasingly fast pace, e-waste continues to be a huge problem. That's why scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started producing "wooden" semiconductor chips that could almost entirely…
  • Google Photos provides free unlimited storage of photos and videos

    Thu 3:45pm By Chris Wood
    Google has launched a brand new photo service at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Known simply as Google Photos, the standalone product automatically backs up user content, intelligently organizes it, and offers unlimited storage of photos and…
  • Google announces its plans for virtual reality at I/O 2015

    Thu 3:32pm By Chris Wood
    Google has unveiled some big virtual reality plans at I/O 2015. Not only did the company announce an updated version of its low-cost Cardboard headset, but it also unveiled a new feature designed to allow teachers to take their students on virtual field trips,…
  • NASA begins testing InSight Mars lander in anticipation of a 2016 launch

    Thu 2:55pm By Anthony Wood
    NASA has begun a comprehensive series of tests for its Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander. Once on the Red Planet, the lander will operate as a stationary science platform, attempting to answer a…
  • The International Space Station gets a remodel

    Thu 2:32pm By Anthony Wood
    Mankind's most remote outpost underwent a significant remodel this week, as an entire module of the International Space Station was relocated in order to make way for the next generation of American commercial spacecraft. The move didn't require a spacewalk,…
  • Google shows off Android M, its smartphone future

    Thu 2:20pm By David Nield
    Google has been showing off the next version of Android at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco. It doesn't have an official name yet – it's still called Android M Developer Preview – but we've got our first glimpse at some of the features arriving…
  • Google announces Project Brillo operating system for the Internet of Things

    Thu 2:06pm By Chris Wood
    Google has announced a new operating system for the Internet of Things, known as Project Brillo. It's built on a stripped-down version of Android, provides a common language for connected home devices, as well as a user-friendly interface that makes it…
  • Hands-on: BMW quality shines through in new 1 and 6 series

    Thu 1:46pm By Stu Robarts
    While test driving two of the new BMW 1 and 6 Series models yesterday, we were struck by a sense of satisfaction. There was a understatement that doesn't exist with, for example, similar Mercedes cars. Respectively, one of the two Beemers is practical…
  • Vincent Callebaut unveils ambitious sustainable mall concept

    Thu 12:13pm By Adam Williams
    Regular readers are likely familiar with Vincent Callebaut's futuristic output by now, and the Belgian architect is at it again with a new project that follows in much the same vein as its predecessors. The Wooden Orchids project envisions a large sustainable…
  • Fast and fun: John Cooper Works Mini is big where it matters

    Thu 9:40am By Stu Robarts
    Late last year, Mini announced that there was to be a new John Cooper Works (JCW) model of its iconic car. That meant taking the Mini's typical bubblegum style, churning it through the JCW performance-machine and creating something altogether less wholesome.…
  • Carriers collaborate on Parcelhome Smart Box package delivery pilot in Belgium

    Thu 8:41am By Paul Ridden
    Though consumers can make substantial savings by purchasing goods online, the modern shopping experience does have some drawbacks. Chief among those is making sure that someone is home to receive the package. Online tracking tools can help, but Irish start-up…