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New MIT Headset Can 'Hear' Your Thoughts and Respond

MIT's AlterEgo allows you to control a computer and ask it questions without ever uttering one word. It could mean profound changes on how we communicate.

March Madness: A High-stakes Game for Virtual Reality

No tickets to March Madness? No problem. Virtual reality can put you at the games — courtside.

Is It Time for Civilians to Start Wearing Their Own Body Cameras?

In an effort to capture a wider market, the makers of a police body cam have adapted their product and introduced the Venture wearable camera. Will it catch on?

Should Smart Devices Be Able to Automatically Call the Cops?

Suppose a smart home device was programmed to call the police if it heard certain words or sounds? Good idea or bad?

Here’s Something Else Your Smart Watch Can Do: Detect Irregular Heartbeat

Scientists have come up with an app that can detect atrial fibrillation.

Breast Is Best When It's Wireless

Nursing’s great, except when you’re stuck in one spot pumping for hours every single day. Several new breast pump models could change the pain of that scenario.

How Amazon Echo Works

Amazon Echo might look like a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker, but could it actually be the voice-controlled computer that will finally walk us into the future?

Forget the Invisible TV: We Want the Invisible Cooktop!

Panasonic showed off some invisible products at an electronics show. How do they work?

Your Jeans Could Someday Power Your Phone

Chinese scientists have created the first fibers that can capture solar energy and survive the clothing manufacturing process.

This 'Smart Jacket' Knows What Temperature Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Someone should invent a jacket that automatically adjusts to keep you comfortable no matter the temperature inside or out. Someone just did.

Pretty Handy? Gloves Turn Sign Language Into Speech and Text

Two college undergrads have invented a pair of gloves that can track sign language and turn it into either spoken word or text.

Franky Zapata Shatters Hoverboard World Record

Zapata traveled more than 2 kilometers while riding the Flyboard Air, a jet-powered hoverboard. The previous record for farthest distance was a mere 276 meters.

High-tech Glasses Adjust Focus Depending on Where You Look

Want to ditch those reading glasses for specs that won't make your head spin every time you look around? One company is working on glasses that do all the heavy lifting.

Self-lacing Shoe Future Arrives With Nike's HyperAdapt 1.0

One of the world's biggest athletic shoe makers is launching a new set of kicks that won't have to be double knotted. We assume Marty McFly's on that pre-order tip.

When Touchscreens Touch Back

In the future, you may not need to carry around your smartphone. Instead, your hands will become smart technology — and you’ll be able to feel it.

Will Speech Recognition Software Mean the End of Accents?

Changing your speech to be understood by another person is one thing. Have you altered your accent just so your phone's voice recognition software understands you?

BMW Crafts High-tech Racing Wheelchair for U.S. Paralympics Team

The car manufacturer brings aerodynamic expertise — and loads of carbon fiber — to wheelchair racing.

Imagine Pedestrians as the Next Renewable Energy Source. This Company Does.

A British company is seeking a new source of alternative energy — pedestrians' footsteps — and using it to generate electricity. But this is no hamster wheel future!

The All-knowing All-seeing Porcelain God

If you love self-tracking, you're going to wet yourself with excitement for smart toilets.

How Helmet Cameras Work

Helmet cameras allow you to capture shots that would be impossible otherwise. What's it like to see a wave coming at you while you surf? But the camera has uses way beyond extreme sports. Who else has jumped on the trend beside athletes?

10 Things Wearables Have Taught Us About Ourselves

We eat too much, sleep too little and need to walk more. We already knew many of the things wearables have taught us, but do they change long-term behavior?

How the Apple Watch Works

Apple is hoping to reinvent personal tech with Apple Watch. Is the dream of the wrist communicator finally coming true?

How could Google Glass detect people's emotions?

Imagine being able to look at people and get a heads-up display about how they're feeling. Now, software is making use of the camera in Google Glass to do just that.

How Siri Works

Apple's mobile assistant is the source of much comedy -- and frustration -- among users. How did Siri come to be, and how useful is it, really?

How do they make those projections of dead celebrities and politicians?

When deceased rapper Tupac appeared alongside Snoop Dogg at Coachella, the Internet lit up with talk of holograms. But there was no hologram. How did computer animation and a 19th-century theatrical trick create the illusion?


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