A Clock Made Of Ring Of Hair [Video]

This somewhat creepy clock tells the time using a ring of hair. Created by artist Bina Baitel, it works by simply blowing out air at the appropriate places to create a narrower gap for the minute ‘hand’ and a wider one to show the hour. [Via Luxury Launches]

Braille Smartwatch Becomes Reality

The makers of a braille smartwatch for blind people have confirmed it will ship next month. It follows a lengthy development process and redesigns. The Dot smartwatch works with four sets of six balls that can be magnetically raised or lowered, which allows it to “display” four characters at a time in braille. As with a […]

This Robot Combines Wheels and Legs and Might One Day Run You Down [Video]

From Boston Dynamics: Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation […]

Study: Smoke Alarm Pitch Too High For Kids

Researchers believe smoke alarms may sound at too high a frequency to wake up children. They are testing a combination of a lower frequency and a female voice. The project is led by Dave Coss, a fire investigator whose local area covers a house where six children died in a fire despite an alarm sounding. […]

Man Becomes The Rocketeer in Real Life! [Video]

Jetpacks! Is it the future already? Maybe… From Devin Graham: Huge thanks to Jet Pack Aviation for letting us come out to California and be the ones that got to film this amazing new technology! Make sure to check them out and support them in what they are doing because this team is changing the […]

First Driverless Car Race Sees Early Crash

A race between two driverless cars ended with mixed results: one car crashed, but a rogue dog that ran onto the track escaped unharmed. The race was a test run for a planned future series of full-fledged races of driverless cars. It took place as the first performance for the latest instalment of the Formula […]

Bill Gates: The Robot That Takes Your Job Should Pay Taxes

Be sure to check Mr. Gates’ geekish giggle at the end. So adorable. In an interview with Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, Bill Gates explains why robots that take jobs away from people shouldn’t get a free pass when it comes to income tax. [Quartz]

The Almost Indestructible Nokia 3310 May Return

The Nokia 3310 may be making a comeback. A Finnish manufacturer is reportedly ready to unveil a new version of the legendarily resilient handset next week. According to Venturebeat’s Evan Blass, it’ll be one of four handsets launched by HMD Global Oy. That’s the company which currently holds the rights to make phones under the […]

Verizon Latest To Bring Back ‘Unlimited’ Data

Verizon has joined the other major carriers in bringing back an “unlimited” mobile data plan. But as so often, there’s some big caveats. The new plan is $80 a month and covers unlimited voice calls, texts and data use on one line in the US, as well as 500MB of data while visiting Canada. Customers […]

Meet Cassie, The Bipedal Robot That Walks Like an Ostrich [Video]

Meet Cassie, a bepidal robot created by the folks over at Agility Robotics, a startup that comes from the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. “This robot capability will free people from weekend shopping chores, reduce energy use, and give consumers more time to do the things they want to do. It effectively brings […]

“Pink Noise” Could Save Hearing In Crashes

Think car crash injuries and you probably think concussion or whiplash. But Mercedes-Benz wants to tackle another risk: hearing damage caused by the sound of the impact. IEEE, which spotted an upcoming “Pre-Safe Sound” feature in a new car range, notes that a crash can produce sounds inside the car of 145 decibels, which can […]

Firefox OS Bites The Dust

Mozilla has abandoned work on a Firefox operating system. The system was first developed for smartphones and then repositioned for connected devices such as smart TVs. The Firefox OS project started back in 2011 with the idea of making a completely open mobile operating system that would make it easier for developers to make apps. […]