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The Smart Boy Brings Old School Gaming To Your Android Device

As I was sifting through and cleaning out a box full of junk recently, I came across several of my old Game Boy cartridges. Not an actual Game Boy, mind you – that thing stopped working and was probably junked over a decade ago. But I could never get rid of the games themselves. Pokemon, Kirby, Mario, Donkey Kong – these characters were a huge part of my childhood (and, admit it, yours too). But how could I use these cartridges again without having to…

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Glow-In-The-Dark Cement Set To Light Up Cities Around The World

When you think “glow-in-the-dark,” you’re immediately reminded of childhood memories, nights spent enjoying the eerie luminescence of lightly glowing shapes you put in the sun all day. But while glow-in-the-dark toys were a staple of our youth, this technology actually has some pretty practical applications. Case in point: glow-in-the-dark cement, which may sound strange, but could drastically change how cities around the world are kept bright and shining when under the cover of darkness. Developed by scientists from Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo…

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Bendable Phone Could Soon Reach Market

Before we entered the age of smartphones, we were constantly using flip phones, which we considered to be on the cutting edge of technology. Now, of course, we view the once-savvy flip phones as relics from a time long ago. But they do beg the question: in the future, what kind of technology is going to eventually upstage smartphones? Thanks to researchers at Queen’s University, it looks like we could be welcoming a new breed into the mix: a bendable phone. Queen’s University researchers have called their…

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Google Creates “Big Red Button” To Prevent The Robot Apocalypse

Is the robot apocalypse coming soon? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t already creating safeguards against what some believe is the inevitable face-off between humans and artificial intelligence. And somewhat indirectly, mega-corporation, Google, is establishing humanity’s first line of defence with an AI “kill switch” that will effectively terminate any Terminator-like situation from ever occurring. British AI company, DeepMind, which was purchased by Google in 2014 on the contingency that the the corporation create an “AI ethics board” to monitor all company-made advancements in…

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Measure Body Metrics and Play Music With Aware Earphones

The next generation of ear bud technology is here with an exciting innovation: Aware earphones. By using the latest technology, United Sciences is able to design custom earphones that fit a wearer’s ears perfectly and lock into place – even the most vigorous activity won’t dislodge them. These earphones are also able to capture biometric data like brainwaves, heart rate, steps, distance travelled, and calories burned while you listen to music. United Sciences uses the eFit 3D scanner to precisely measure your ear. The ring laser scanner has…

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Turn A SmartPhone Into A Microscope With Blip Lenses

In recent years, smartphone companies have increased the capabilities of their mobile devices including the amount of photography that can be done on a phone. As camera phone technology improves, so does camera phone accessory technology. With so many camera phone lenses that can be added on, smartphone users have almost the same capabilities that a photographer with a DSLR has. The  company Smart Micro Optics has introduced new Blips macro and micro lenses that will allow camera phone photographers to capture tiny scenes, like…

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The Ingestible Origami Robot That Operates Right Inside Your Stomach

Ingesting any metal object doesn’t seem like the best of ideas, but sometimes it happens. More often than you would think, actually, as in the U.S. alone 3,500 batteries are swallowed each and every year. Able to burn through internal tissue, ingesting a battery can be dangerous, but altogether difficult to treat. But researchers at MIT have found a solution to the ingestion of a metal object like a battery, and (somewhat counterintuitively) it involves eating another metal object, specifically a newly designed origami-style robot.…

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Facial Recognition Could Shed Light On Consumer Behaviour

If you walk into any store today, more often than not you will be greeted by a sign saying that shoplifters will be prosecuted. While these signs have become fairly commonplace, their warnings are not an empty threat: very often, a shoplifter can be successfully found due to facial recognition technology, which is used in most North American stores. While you are shopping, unbeknownst to you a computer scans your face to ensure that your individual features do not match those of shoplifters in the system or on a watch list.…

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Drones Could Help Make Wind Energy More Appealing

Maintaining wind turbines is no easy feat, and it usually involves engineers climbing to dangerous heights and inspecting them in person. However, a Portuguese company has found a new, safer way to carry out turbine maintenance – using drones. Pro-Drone, a start up based in Portugal, uses drones with flight algorithms programmed right in that allow them to fly at exactly the height and distance they need to to accurately inspect wind turbines. They’re also able to collect and store data thanks to their sensors.…

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The Dangers Of Voice Navigation In Cars

Voice navigation in cars has pretty much become a standard feature when buying a new vehicle. Now you don’t have to think about how to get where you’re going – just plug in the address and that soothing voice will direct you there. It’s like having a little buddy in the car with you. Hell, as robot technology becomes more and more prevalent, you might even become best friends. But hold on a second – that might not be such a good idea (for reasons…

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