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SociBot-Mini: a spooky robot that wears any face

SociBot-Mini: a spooky robot that wears any face

SociBot-Mini is a 60-centimetre-high bot that can adorn a friend’s face and even predict your mood or guess your age. Spooked? The brainchild of Will Jackson and his colleagues at Engineered Arts in Penryn, UK, the robot has many human features like a transparent plastic face, nose contours, mouth and eyes. Most of these features are highlighted due to the backlighting which is enhanced with a digital projector.

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V-Moda XS headphones mind the gap (around your head)

V-Moda XS headphones mind the gap (around your head)

V-Moda has been in the headphone game for years making products that look good and promise high quality sound. The company has unveiled a new set of headphones called the XS that carry a tag line "Mind the Gap." The Gap that V-Moda is talking about is all the space between the headband and your head that make most headphones seem so bulky.

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Audi TT 3rd-gen teased with retro details

Audi TT 3rd-gen teased with retro details

Audi has begun teasing the new TT coupe ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the third-generation of the car, and one which promises some of the sharper design of the original. Previewed by a series of design sketches, the new Audi TT will also feature styling cues from the R8 supercar, such as moving the company's logo from the grille to the hood, while Matrix LED lights will be an option.

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Ivanpah solar plant ushers in bright future (but it’s already outdated)

Ivanpah solar plant ushers in bright future (but it’s already outdated)

More than 300,000 individually computer-controlled mirrors. Three 459 foot tall towers topped with solar boilers at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 392 megawatts of Power. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has gone live, a huge solar power plant built by BrightSource with backing from Google, NRG, and others, set to provide clean energy to 140,000 homes. For all its advanced technology, though, Ivanpah may be more important as a gateway to even more advanced solar energy projects.

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3D printer invention makes 2500sqft houses in 24 hours

3D printer invention makes 2500sqft houses in 24 hours

3D printing has grown from a fascinating novelty to the means by which dreamers will usher in the future. One such dreamer is professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California who has developed a massive 3D printer that, he says, can "print" an entire house over the course of a mere 24 hours. With the invention comes the collective melancholy of all those who work in construction.

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Apple curved touch patent reawakens flexed iPhone and iWatch talk

Apple curved touch patent reawakens flexed iPhone and iWatch talk

Apple has patented a new type of curved touch sensor that could be used to make non-flat tablets, phones, displays, and even touch mice with bowed or molded glass. The new filing, No. 8,603,574, proposes a different method of manufacturing touch sensors that could effectively mold the panel to suit a curved glass smartphone, or indeed a smartwatch that contours to the wrist.

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Apple iWatch on docket as LG flexible OLED display deal made

Apple iWatch on docket as LG flexible OLED display deal made

LG will supply flexible OLED displays for Apple's much anticipated "iWatch" project, the results of which will be unleashed to consumers sometime next year, various industry insiders are signaling. But the Korean company will only be a secondary provider for the displays, if Seoul-based HMC Investment Securities analyst Kim Young-woo's estimation is of any import. Taiwan-based RiTDisplay will be the primary source, he told The Korea Herald.

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