Emerging Tech

This smart toothbrush will clean all your teeth in just 6 seconds

There are plenty of things in life that are a part of our routine. We’ve gotten used to them. They’re comfortable and familiar. And brushing your teeth is a perfect example. You expect to block out three to four minutes every morning and every night to brush every tooth one at a time until they’re […]

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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 […]

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Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]


Smart Reply not smart enough? Desktop Gmail users can soon opt out

After users complained that Gmail’s Smart Reply wasn’t so smart, Google announced that it will soon give desktop users the ability to disable the A.I.-based feature. Although the time-saving feature relies on artificial intelligence to come up with short responses based on the context of the email message, users complained that early iterations of Smart […]

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Don’t get burned! How to back crowdfunding projects the smart way

In the world of crowdfunding, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. Kickstarter and Indiegogo may look and feel like online stores, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get something in return for the money you pledge to a campaign. Most crowdfunding platforms only require that creators make a “good faith effort” to deliver on […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs

The Samsung Galaxy Home is Samsung’s long-rumored Bixby smart speaker. Samsung Samsung announced the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event on Thursday. YouTube/Screenshot It’s tulip-shaped with three legs. There’s a set of touch controls for playback on top. YouTube/Screenshot As well as a light-up AKG logo, as Samsung’s audio subsidiary tuned the sound of the […]

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The UN and Yale unite to build a ‘smart’ tiny house for the future

Previous Next More than 7.6 billion people currently inhabit the Earth, each one an eating, breathing, space-occupying bundle of atoms. By the year 2050, experts estimate that the global population will rise by more than a quarter, bringing the total to around 9.7 billion people. That is a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of […]

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Domestic Abusers Are Exploiting Smart Home Devices

It’s possible to disable or reset these devices, of course. The issue, as you might guess, is that there’s usually one person in a relationship (typically the man, according to Intel researcher Melissa Gregg) who installs the smart home devices and has a full understanding of how they work. This gives the installer control over […]

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Alexa for hotels lets guests order room service, control in-room smart devices [Updated]

Enlarge Amazon Hotel rooms will serve as the newest homes for Amazon’s Alexa starting this summer. Amazon announced a special version of its virtual assistant, Alexa for Hospitality, that will live across Echo devices placed in hotels, vacation rentals, and other similar locations. Alexa in these devices will be able to do special things for […]

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New ‘smart’ Rubik’s Cube tracks your stats, lets you race against other people

[embedded content] From Rubik’s Cubes so large and complex that they’re practically torture implements to robots that are able to solve a standard cube in just 0.38 seconds, we’ve covered some pretty neat Rubik’s Cube-related projects here at Digital Trends. A new Kickstarter campaign also takes everyone’s favorite 3D combination puzzle as its jumping-off point — […]

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These Smart Socks Keep Tabs on People With Diabetes

We’ve been hearing about “smart fabrics” that respond to the human wearer for years but little has transpired, apart from floaty dresses that light up with LEDs, or mod-style parkas threaded with charging cords. But something that saves your life? That’s worth a look. PCMag was in San Francisco recently and sat down with Ran […]

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For these researchers, building a ‘smart cockpit’ means reading a pilot’s mind

It takes grit to be a pilot. One glance at all the buttons, gauges, and toggles in an airplane cockpit is evidence of that. Even though automated systems are increasingly taking over tasks on commercial flights, as long as there are pilots in the plane, they will wear the weight of responsibility for all its […]

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Google zooms by Amazon in smart speaker shipments, report says

Enlarge / A Google Home smart speaker. Google surpassed Amazon in global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report this week from research firm Canalys. Canalys says Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home and Home Mini speakers over the course of the quarter. Amazon, meanwhile, is said to have […]

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Smart Speakers Pick Up Steam, But 4K TVs Lead the Pack

Every January, tech insiders try to predict what will succeed and fail in the coming year. In 2018, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cryptocurrency are popular buzzwords, but according to the Consumer Technology Association, the organization behind CES, a familiar segment will top futuristic tech this year. As Statista outlines above, CTA projects that 4K […]

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Intel Stops Working on Smart Glasses

Intel’s foray into wearables is coming to a close; it will shut down its new devices group, which produced the Vaunt smart glasses it showed off in February, among other things, The Information reports. One of the main hurdles to developing a pair of smart glasses is making them look “normal.” Intel appeared to have […]