Tinder Select Is Secret Section For Elites

A secret elite section of Tinder has been running for at least six months. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, you’re not one of the elite. Tinder Select is by invite only and is aimed at “CEOs, super models, and other hyper-attractive/upwardly affluent types” according to Tech Crunch. Writer Jordan Crook says […]

IBM Patents Out-Of-Office Email

IBM has been granted a patent on a variant the out-of-office email. But it’s already agreed to release it into the public domain. The application dates back to 2010 but only made it through the US Patent Office review procedure a few weeks ago. It’s in the usual legal jargon, including a 314 word sentence, […]

When Infrared Meets Drones

We’re all used to impressive aerial video from drones capturing a view you can only see from the sky. But what about the view the human eye can’t see from anywhere. Filmmaker Sam Forenich has put together this montage of Oregon at daybreak using infrared cameras to show us the unseen take on our world. […]

Robot Teaches Humans Table Tennis Skills [Video]

This is FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics), billed as the world’s first robot table tennis tutor. FORPHEUS monitors the position of the ball eighty times a second. It then analyses speed and, a thousand times each second, forecasts its future trajectories. Rather than use it skills […]

Women of NASA Lego Set Gets Go Ahead

Lego has confirmed it will be producing a special set commemorating leading female figures in NASA history. The idea came through its Lego Ideas campaign that lets people come up with suggestions, with the company considering those that get more than 10,000 supporters. The set — which is shown here in concept form — will […]

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]