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Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft's detachable Surface keyboard may already bring easy text entry to the tablet, but the company is cooking up a new DisplayCover prototype with its own e-paper touchscreen. The work-in-progress peripheral is the handiwork of Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group, combining not only a physical keyboard but a full-width touchscreen which can be used to show menu items, toolbar controls, or even offer an alternative input area.

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Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

While few will probably contest the technical capabilities of Android, the platform and its apps has traditionally been criticized for its less than pleasant aesthetics. That all changed in the era of Material Design and now Google is taking it one step further. It has just acquired Pixate and its prototyping software of the same name. This adds a new tool to Google's belt of design and development apps and services that make creating mobile apps less of a chore and more of a joy.

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Audi puts self-driving car on diet to persuade politicians

Audi puts self-driving car on diet to persuade politicians

Audi has revamped its self-driving car, trimming the fat on the autonomous RS 7 racer as it continues to court politicians in the US. The newest model, dubbed Robby and decked out in a striking red and black color scheme, keeps the autonomous hardware - which Audi refers to as "piloted driving" - of its predecessors, but goes on a serious diet to improve performance. In fact, the company says, it has trimmed 882 pounds from the self-driving prototype.

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Adidas running shoe prototype is made from ocean trash

Adidas running shoe prototype is made from ocean trash

Trash floating around the ocean is a big problem, one that Adidas has tackled by developing a running shoe made from it. The shoe is made mostly of material that was harvested from plastics and fishing nets floating around the ocean, and is a concept creation to show a more sustainable way the company -- and others like it -- could help solve our oceans' trash problem: by reclaiming the garbage for good use. The concept was made in partnership with Parley for the Oceans.

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LEGO Maker program aims to put robotic bricks in creators’ hands

LEGO Maker program aims to put robotic bricks in creators’ hands

LEGO announces their next effort to engage the creators of the world with LEGO "prototyping kits". These kits will be sent out to 50 "makers" as a part of their "Are You a LEGO Maker?" program, encouraging people to create the most innovative pieces of industrial design they can conjure up. With LEGO bricks, of course. LEGO is also providing makers access to a LEGO MINDSTORMS Expert Builder "who can offer suggestions and guidance" as well as inspiration from the Lemelson Center.

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Self-driving demolition derby: Delphi says it was cut off by Google

Self-driving demolition derby: Delphi says it was cut off by Google

Consider this the first call to battle between Silicon Valley's self-driving vehicle titans! Delphi Automotive, best known for their Audi Q5 that became the first automated car to drive coast-to-coast, has that it nearly had a collision with one of Google's self-driving prototypes earlier this week. And it was totally Google's fault! But that's surely not the road rage talking, right? Thankfully there was no accident — it was merely a close call — but it is believed to be the first time two automated vehicles have been in such a situation.

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Google’s self-driving pod cars now on California public roads

Google’s self-driving pod cars now on California public roads

Google has dispatched its fleet of autonomous cars onto the public roads of California, though the pod-like prototypes won't be racing human drivers. While the longer-running fleet of converted Toyota and Lexus cars have been keeping up with traffic in the 1m+ miles of test driving they've done already, Google has opted to cap the top-speed of its more home-designed cars at just 25mph, which the search giant's Google X research division says is intended to be "neighborhood-friendly".

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Freescale’s Sage smart oven blends Uber and Nespresso

Freescale’s Sage smart oven blends Uber and Nespresso

Freescale has cooked up a connected appliance proof-of-concept that it says could be the Nespresso of convenience meals. Dubbed Sage, the solid-state RF oven promises the ease of use of a microwave but producing food that's actually worth eating rather than a rubbery mess, thanks to its ability to precisely control where, when, and how much heating energy gets directed at the ingredients. The result is a single oven that can simultaneously cook multiple different meals, all in different ways.

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Jaguar uses brain wave monitoring to keep drivers alert

Jaguar uses brain wave monitoring to keep drivers alert

Auto manufacturers are getting smarter all the time. Jaguar Land Rover has just created a car that can read your mind. The car won't psychically take you to your destination, but it will hold your attention. The prototype feature, dubbed Mind Sense, measures brainwaves to monitor the driver's concentration. It was developed as a safety technology research project, which has the overall goal of decreasing accidents on the road. Drivers whose concentration fades due to stress or distraction pose a real threat to others on the road. It doesn't matter if a driver's eyes are on the road, it just takes a daydream to keep him out of touch with surroundings--only to be yanked back by a car horn or an accident. Jaguar's Mind Sense project found a way to tell whether the driver is paying attention or not based on his brain wave patterns.

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Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google has just formally announced Android Pay over at I/O 2015, so imagine our surprise and bewilderment when it rather revealed another wireless payment scheme simply called "Hands Free". While it does sound like something you'd associate with cars, but this mobile payment system is more about keeping your hands free even from your smartphone. With Google Hands Free, all you need is to say is that you'd like to pay with Google and the deed is done. You don't even have to pull out your smartphone.

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