Emerging Tech

If Tony Stark designed motorcycle helmets, they’d probably look like this

[embedded content] Are you a motorbike rider in want of a bit of Iron Man tech in your life? If so, then intelligent helmet systems manufacturer Jarvish has your back. Or, perhaps more appropriately, your head. Launched on Kickstarter this week, Jarvish is offering a “launch special” for its Jarvish X and X-AR helmets — […]

Emerging Tech

This lab-grown heart tissue beats just like the real thing

Researchers have used stem cells to create a lab-grown human heart tissue which actually beats. Created by scientists from University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, the heart tissue also expresses genes and responds to drugs in the same way as a real human atrium, the upper chamber in the heart through which blood enters. The […]

Top Stories

On Technology: You Already Email Like a Robot — Why Not Automate It?

On Technology You Already Email Like a Robot — Why Not Automate It? ImageCreditCreditIllustration by Jon Han By John Herrman Nov. 7, 2018 In 1996, Microsoft unleashed Clippit, better known as Clippy, on users of Microsoft Office. The legendarily irritating mascot-helper spent the following years hovering around the edges of documents, blinking dumbly under his […]

Emerging Tech

See the National Forests like never before in this awe-inspiring drone video

[embedded content] What’s the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. The National Park Service banned drones several years ago after tourists proved time and time again that they couldn’t be trusted with them. But no such ban exists in the National Forests — at least, not yet — which gives filmmakers […]

Emerging Tech

Like Google for CCTV, software could help cops scour surveillance video quickly

Surveillance footage can be a great security tool, but it works best when you know the exact moment that you’re looking for. Do you know that there was a break-in at your offices between 1 a.m. and 1.15 a.m. on Tuesday morning? Provided you’ve got cameras in the right place, closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage can […]

Emerging Tech

Smell like Skynet: IBM creates an A.I. that will design the perfect perfume

[embedded content] “I love your perfume.” “Thanks. It’s Skynet.” OK, so that’s not necessarily the most likely conversation for you to have in the near future, but it very well could be. That’s because IBM Research has teamed up with master fragrance maker Symrise to use its artificial intelligence expertise to develop next-gen fragrances, courtesy […]

Gaming

How to thrive as an indie in the shadow of a giant like CD Projekt Red

The Polish gaming scene has, undeniably, been operating in the shadows of the behemoth that is CD Projekt Red and The Witcher franchise. With their success, other big companies in Poland have flourished as well such as Techland (Dying Light, Dead Island), CIGames (Sniper: Ghost Warrior), and 11bitstudios (This War of Mine/Frostpunk). As we know, a […]

Emerging Tech

Regular paints and plastics will soon be able to ‘heal’ like skin

[embedded content] Imagine if paints, plastics, or even coatings like the ones which protect our cell phone screens were able to heal the way human skin does whenever they suffered damage. That’s what researchers at Clemson University have been working toward — and their solution is almost ready for mass-manufacturing prime time. Although the technology […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google Home Hub—Under the hood, it’s nothing like other Google smart displays

The Google Home Hub. Ron Amadeo A side view. Ron Amadeo Here’s the back. Ron Amadeo The Home Hub is tiny. Here it is next to the smaller Pixel 3. Ron Amadeo Here it is next to my Pixel 2 XL. Ron Amadeo I can cover the whole screen with my phone. Ron Amadeo Google […]

Emerging Tech

Like a Bat-Signal for cyclists, this laser light makes bikes visible to drivers

Having lights on your bicycle isn’t just an optional extra — it’s a legal requirement in most places, provided that you wish to cycle after it’s dark. Well, you’ve probably never seen seen a bike light quite like the one created by U.K. startup Beryl, though. Called the Laserlight Core, it’s a smart projection system […]

Gaming

Ars eats more bugs, finds a few we like

Enlarge / Yes, those are crickets adorning this otherwise standard chips-and-guac. John Timmer Around this time last year, one of our intrepid staff members took on something that’s on the verge of being a culinary trend: eating bugs. In Beth’s case, this involved incorporating cricket-based flour into a traditional muffin recipe. The results were anything […]

Emerging Tech

Just like an eagle, this autonomous glider can fly on thermal currents

An eagle soaring may look majestic but in technical terms, there is some impressive physics happening “under the hood” when they do. Specifically, eagles and other soaring birds take advantage of the upward currents of warm air, known as thermals, to help them more easily sail through the sky. What scientists don’t know, however, is […]

Gaming

Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person

Enlarge / This is probably the TPR pedals’ best angle—looks almost like a race car engine. Lee Hutchinson Specs at a glance: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder pedals Manufacturer Thrustmaster Device type Flight simulator rudder pedals with toe brakes Axes Three Sensor type 3D Hall effect magnetic Controller precision 16-bit (all axis) Interface USB type-B Price $ […]

Gears & Gadgets

iFixit’s iPhone XS and XS Max teardown: Like the iPhone X with a couple surprises

The iPhone XS has a different battery design than the iPhone XS Max, which has the same design as the iPhone X. iFixit Here, the iPhone X stacked on top of the XS and XS Max. Note that there’s a new antenna band. iFixit Camera components from the iPhone XS and XS Max. iFixit One […]

Emerging Tech

This amazingly acrobatic winged robot moves just like a fruit fly

[embedded content] Humans may have to worry about robots taking their jobs, but you know who else should probably be watching their back? Fruit flies! At least, that’s if you’re going by a new robotic creation from researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. They have built an awesomely agile, quad-wing flapping robot, […]