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BMW 7 Welcome Light Carpet shows you where your car is

BMW 7 Welcome Light Carpet shows you where your car is

If trying to walk through a poorly lit parking lot weren't exasperating enough, struggling to find where your car and its door is could very well be. Imagine if you could, at the push of a button on the key fob, shine a light on the problem. That's exactly what BMW did with its BMW 7 Series and its new "Welcome Light Carpet" feature that illumines the ground on both sides of the car, guiding owners to the safety and comfort of their high-tech, luxurious car.

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Chicago mayor calls for national coding graduation requirement

Chicago mayor calls for national coding graduation requirement

Recently, New York City announced plans to add computer science classes to all of its public schools over the next decade. Chicago's mayor is taking that a step further, calling for coding classes to be a national graduation requirement -- under such a mandate, all students would have to take such classes to get their high school diploma. Of course, such a mandate would likely end up being very burdensome for school districts.

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Toyota TS040 race car cooked breakfast for 171 people

Toyota TS040 race car cooked breakfast for 171 people

No, Toyota's race car doesn't come with an AI butler and chef that will actually cook breakfast for the driver and his throng of fans. It's not intelligent enough to do that. It's regenerative braking tech, however, is powerful enough to brew 171.4 cups of coffee, toast 83.3 slices of bread, and fry 57.7 eggs. This almost absurd stunt, appropriately christened Toyota Barista, is an elaborate marketing campaign by the car maker to demonstrate in a more memorable and expressive way just how powerful its technology really is.

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Mitsubishi EMIRAI 3 xDAS concept can sense drivers’ condition

Mitsubishi EMIRAI 3 xDAS concept can sense drivers’ condition

Not all car makers have completely jumped aboard the self-driving train. Some have preferred to stay on the periphery, slowly adding features that make cars smarter while still putting the driver in complete control. Mitsubishi's latest concept car is one such example of the latter. Instead of putting in your own personal robotic driver, the EMIRAI 3 xDAS feels more like having a doctor always on call, ready to alert the driver, or maybe someone else, should it sense something wrong with his or her physical condition.

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Fujitsu’s terahertz receiver can fit inside a smartphone

Fujitsu’s terahertz receiver can fit inside a smartphone

The tech industry is trying to push higher and higher resolutions into devices, even those as small as smartphones. We now have 2K displays on smartphones and Sony just revealed the world's first smartphone 4K screen. But while the entertainment industry is doing its best to catch up, there could be a new bottleneck soon: network speed. To be more specific, the maximum speeds that our small smartphones can support. Fortunately, Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu might be on the cusp of a breakthrough, with an ultra fast receiver module small enough not to bulk up smartphones.

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Your boarding pass might know more about you than you think

Your boarding pass might know more about you than you think

Airplane boarding passes may seem like harmless pieces of cardboard, but security blog Kerbs on Security says not to let your guard down. Those boarding passes may not hold your entire life, but they do hold the key to some important parts of it. The barcode on those passes apparently include a unique code, often a frequent flyer ID, that can be used to unlock a passenger's data, including his or her name, flight details, as well as both past and future flights, making them ripe targets for stalking or other kinds of unauthorized activities.

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Disney creates augmented reality coloring book app

Disney creates augmented reality coloring book app

Disney Research, which recently showed off a soft-skin module for use on robotic toys, has introduced another project it has been working on -- an augmented reality coloring book app that shows characters in 3D as they're being drawn. It's a fun app, one we've seen various versions of from others; there's the 3D augmented reality storybook, for example.

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Apple, Google named two most valuable brands in the world

Apple, Google named two most valuable brands in the world

The Interbrand consultancy firm has released its 2015 list of the world's most valuable brands, and for the third year in a row Apple and Google have the number one and two spots, respectively. The list continues to be dominated by technology companies, with Microsoft, IBM, and Samsung also appearing in the top 10. Interbrand calculates each company's valuation as a combination of their financial performance, how much they can influence customer purchases, and their ability to maintain premium pricing.

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Freevolt uses ubiquitous radio signals to charge IoT devices

Freevolt uses ubiquitous radio signals to charge IoT devices

A lot of attention these days is being lavished on batteries and charging, mostly because of how much we seem to be doing that every day. We're always on the lookout for better ways to power our devices, from improvements in the batteries themselves to alternative ways of charging. While the magical "charging from thin air" is still a far ways off, the technology that can pull not a rabbit but electrical energy from thin air enough to power senors might just be around the corner if Drayson Technologies' Freevolt is to be believed.

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Smart glove translates sign language into speech, text

Smart glove translates sign language into speech, text

Saudi designer Hadeel Ayoub has developed the “SignLanguageGlove”, a so-called smart glove that wirelessly translates sign language as it is signed, doing so into speech or visual letters for those on the receiving end to understand. The idea is that someone who signs to communicate will have trouble doing so if the person with whom they are talking doesn’t read sign language. With the glove, what they sign becomes spoken language, removing the barrier.

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Keurig Kold makes soda, not coffee, from capsules

Keurig Kold makes soda, not coffee, from capsules

Geeks rejoice! Not only do you now have a way to enjoy flavorful caffeine beverages packed in tiny capsules of bliss, you can also replicate that feeling with your favorite fizzy drinks. Yes, Keurig, the coffee brewing brand that made such home machines a household name, is doing the same for carbonated beverages. Partnering with Coca-Cola, it is putting out the Keurig Kold system, a soda dispensing machine that promises to be safer than other machines that also dispense carbonated liquids of sugar and happiness.

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Google, NASA add D-Wave 2X to quantum computing arsenal

Google, NASA add D-Wave 2X to quantum computing arsenal

Some companies need a few computers to go about their business, others need very fast mainframes and servers to function. And then there are others who need exponentially faster computing to run at peak efficiency. Google and NASA are two examples of those companies, which is why they are heavily invested in the still nascent field of quantum computing. Luckily for them, D-Wave, a leading manufacturer of quantum computing equipment, has just revealed the D-Wave 2X to cater to their, as well as others', needs and experiments in the field.

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