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Parrot Bebop Drone hands-on: Oculus Rift’s eye-in-the-sky

Parrot Bebop Drone hands-on: Oculus Rift’s eye-in-the-sky

Parrot is taking to the skies again with the Parrot Bebop Drone, focusing on high-definition video recording with no moving camera parts, unlike rivals like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. Building on Parrot's two generations of AR.Drone, the new quadricopter is smaller, smarter, and more maneuverable than the drones that came before it; we grabbed some time at the controls - including using Oculus Rift integration to make you feel like you're riding along - to find out more.

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D-Link WiFi Smart Plug tracks smart home energy use

D-Link WiFi Smart Plug tracks smart home energy use

D-Link has waded into the smart plug market, taking on the DIY smart home with the new WiFi Smart Plug DSP-W215, which not only allows for remote control of a plugged in appliance, but monitoring of its power consumption. The adapter - along with its companion apps for iOS and Android - slots in-between a regular AC outlet and your appliance of choice, whether that be an air-conditioning unit, lamp, or a TV, and can even watch out for potential overheating.

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Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Sous-vide cooking isn't new, but Mellow aims to make it mainstream with its eponymous "kitchen robot", a smart appliance that can not only cook but cool, and all controlled from your smartphone. Sous-vide, if you've not been keeping up to date with your kitchen trends, epitomizes the "low and slow" method of cooking. Ingredients are vacuum sealed in a plastic bag and then immersed for several hours or even a couple of days in a warm water bath, gently cooking through.

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Morphing DIY robot looks like a Portal ‘bot for real

Morphing DIY robot looks like a Portal ‘bot for real

Don't look now if scuttling robots send shivers of dread down your spine: engineer Kåre Halvorsen is bringing the sort of transforming 'bot tech you'd expect to see in CGI movies to life, with his new hexapod. The spherical robot, dubbed MorpHex MKII, actually is a double-hexapod, with effectively two sets of legs paired back to back, and integrated into individual sections of the translucent outer shell so that it can both roll around and walk.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

While we’re not attempting to suggest that the Android version of Chrome Remote Desktop is perfect right off the bat, it is pretty excellent that we’re already able to launch Titanfall. This app is very similar to what we’ve seen with the Chrome version of the app, allowing you to connect your computers with an internet window. Here we’re allowed to control our computers from anywhere with a mobile device as well.

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World’s fastest RC car hits record 188 mph

World’s fastest RC car hits record 188 mph

If you blink your eyes, then you will probably miss the bright orange and blue streak whizz past you in a fraction of a second. Focus and maybe whip your head fast enough and you’ll get to catch a glimpse of Nic Case’s R/C Bullet, a remote controlled car that pushes the speed limit over the 188 mph mark. Yes, it also breaks some records and gives the likes of Jaguar and BMW a run for their money.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.

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