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This $130,000 self-deploying building can unfold in just eight minutes

July 17th, 2017 at 12:39 am » Comments Off

Building a home or temporary shelter by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Ten Fold Engineering, a housing startup based in the UK, has created self-deploying buildings that can pop up in a matter of eight minutes. Owners push a button, and the rooms fold out like an accordion using a counterbalance system.



Dubai sets its sights on 3D printing 25% of its new construction by 2030

June 15th, 2017 at 5:37 am » Comments Off

Starting as a niche technology, 3D printing has been around for a long time. And talk of how this technology could transform the construction industry, largely theoretical, has long circulated, too. But now, thanks to young entrepreneurs Chris Kelsey and Fernando De los Rios, we can expect to see 3D printing robots on building sites […]



Robot lawn mowers are a thing now

May 8th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

From smart TVs to a modular sofa that can be controlled by an app, home tech isn’t just something for the future, it’s in our homes now. New technologies aim to make our lives easier, safer, and—sometimes—a little bit cooler. It was only a matter of time before innovators tackled the next great frontier of irritating domestic chores: the yard. […]



The maker of an internet-connected garage door disabled a customer’s device over a bad review

April 23rd, 2017 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

There’s a new, dystopian risk to using internet-connected gadgets: If you complain, the company that made it might remotely kill your product. This is what happened to one customer who bought Garadget — an internet-connected garage door opener. It lets you remotely lock or unlock your garage with an app, or see if it’s open.



The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, now wants to save it. The computer scientist who wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web 28 years ago today is alarmed at what has happened to it in the past year. “Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new […]



First 3D printed house in Russia for $10,000

March 4th, 2017 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it’s pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours. Located in Russia, this 400-square-foot home (37 square meters) was built in just a day, at a cost of just over $10,000.



Volunteering from home will soon be as common as working from home

January 27th, 2017 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home—and in 2017 volunteering from home will become just as ubiquitous. A busy life, working two jobs, unsociable working hours, and living in a remote location can all make it difficult for people to give time or money to good causes in their community. But technology now […]



5 Amazing illegal uses for Alexa

January 25th, 2017 at 2:47 pm » Comments Off

If you let your imagination run wild in the world of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU), and you throw in a little fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), you can come up with several illegal uses for systems such as Alexa Voice Service, Google Home, Siri, and Cortana that will give you […]



Here’s why an AI firm is smashing windows

January 24th, 2017 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

In a sound-proofed hangar on an RAF airbase just north of Cambridge, UK, Chris Mitchell and his colleagues are busy using sledgehammers to teach their computers a lesson. The team has gathered thousands of window panes and doors, all of different shapes and sizes, which they then smash, one by one, recording the distinctive shattering sound […]



IBM releases the annual five innovations that will change our lives within five years

January 11th, 2017 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Imagine that you could have superhero vision, seeing in not only what we know as the visible spectrum, but using wavelengths that allow you to see through fog, and detect black ice. Or imagine a Star Trek-like medical tricorder that could take a tiny bit of body fluid and determine what was ailing you.



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