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First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

Solar roads are a very interesting idea that could one day see the roads around our nation generate power for use by streetlights, signals, or even nearby homes. The first section of solar roadway in the US is coming to a section of historic Route 66 in Missouri. The installation is part of the Missouri Road to Tomorrow initiative.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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Oracle, HP Itanium lawsuit ends with $3 billion judgement

Oracle, HP Itanium lawsuit ends with $3 billion judgement

It's been a long road getting here, but we may have finally found the end of the fabled lawsuit between Oracle and HP Enterprise over Intel's Itanium processor. The lawsuit was brought against Oracle by HP, which alleged that Oracle had broken a contract between the two companies when it ended database software support for Intel's line of processors, which HP used for its high-end servers at the time.

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Pollen Pam 3D printer can use four materials in a single print

Pollen Pam 3D printer can use four materials in a single print

A relatively unknown 3D printer firm out of France called Pollen has unveiled a new 3D printer that has some very interesting features. The printer is called Pam, which naturally makes me think of Archer. Rather than being a tattooed drifter, this Pam is a large 3D printer that is aimed at businesses that need to be able to print with multiple materials. In fact, Pam can print with four different materials during a single process.

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Crazy wheels and tires let car move in completely new ways

Crazy wheels and tires let car move in completely new ways

In some instances, parking your car can be a difficult thing to do. If you have ever parallel parked and then had someone pull so close to you in the front or back that you couldn't get out you know the frustration this brings. An inventor called William Liddiard has shown off a new set of wheels and tires that he came up with that allows a vehicle to move in incredible ways.

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LG reveals textile pressure sensors that bend and fold

LG reveals textile pressure sensors that bend and fold

While its rival is still obsessing over bendable and foldable mobile devices, LG is working on something somewhat more traditional but still groundbreaking. Its Innotek "cutting edge materials" manufacturing arm has unveiled a new type of textile that can sense pressure across its whole surface. And since its textile, it can be bended and folded in any which way, making it a suitable material for clothing and accessories for use in medical, health, and even automotive industries.

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Anki’s Cozmo introduced as a consumer-level robot with personality

Anki’s Cozmo introduced as a consumer-level robot with personality

Artificial intelligence and robotics are two things that permeate modern-day life, whether it's the Curiosity rover scouring the surface of Mars or Watson dominating at a game of Jeopardy. For the most part, however, these robotic applications have been left to the professional spaces, be it the military, manufacturing, or science in general. But what about consumer applications? Overdrive developer Anki is asking that very question today with the introduction of its new, consumer-focused robot that goes by the name of Cozmo.

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Computing without keyboard and mouse – Microsoft’s future concept

Computing without keyboard and mouse – Microsoft’s future concept

Computer users can cut the cords of their mouse and keyboards and move into a cordless world, but by far and large we are still tied to our computers via the mouse and keyboard wires or no. Microsoft researchers see a future where we might not need a mouse and keyboard to interface with our computers and technology and this new world doesn't require you to talk exclusively to your computer either.

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Eidos, Razer, Open Bionics to make Deus Ex augmentations real

Eidos, Razer, Open Bionics to make Deus Ex augmentations real

There is an oft quoted (or misquoted) line about how life imitates art more than the other way around. In some cases, when art is expressed in a fantasy, futuristic form, that is almost impossible. Three different but connected companies, however, are going to team up and bring their unique specializations together to make life indeed imitate art. In this case, that means bringing the robotic, augmented limbs depicted in the Deus Ex game franchise to reality. Which may or may not be a smart idea, depending on which side of the transhumanism debate you stand on.

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Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

In the not-too-distant future, Apple may release a new device which is made to communicate directly with other devices point-to-point. Based on info we've been sent by an anonymous source, we understand that these devices would work somewhat similar to classic walkie talkies - opening lines of communication over short distances directly. The name of the patent associated with this technology is "Point-to-point Ad Hoc Voice Communication," and it was originally filed for by Apple back in November of 2014. This tech includes a communication device that has hardware not included in today's iPhones - as well as a headset and a touchscreen user interface.

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E Ink creates full color ultra-low-power electronic paper

E Ink creates full color ultra-low-power electronic paper

E Ink has announced its new Advanced Color Paper, the first electrophoretic (“electronic paper”) display able to produce full color sans the aid of a color filter array. Most people are familiar with monochromatic e-ink displays, the kind you find in ereaders like the Kindle. This newly developed display is similar in many ways, but provides a full color gamut (which includes the eight primary colors).

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Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Forget toiling away with kindling, fire starters, mini cooking dishes, and hot coals -- a microwave is more convenient, and soon it will be possible to carry one with you wherever you go. Called the Wayv Adventurer, this portable gadget is small and rugged, and it heats foods and liquids the same way as an ordinary microwave. Because the unit is powered by swappable batteries, anyone can stuff it in a backpack and use it on the go.

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