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. […]