Meet The Best Driverless Car Yet

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It's been a dream of science fiction for decades: a car where you just climb in and the computer takes care of the rest. It's more than just neat: most accidents are caused by human error, so take the human out of the equation, and cars suddenly become much, much safer. But what does it take to make the safest self-driving car? About $500,000 worth of gear.

MIT's Wonder Fabric Can Detect and Create Sound and Electricity

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It looks like the job of mob goons is going to get much harder in the future. MIT has recently developed an experimental fabric that is capable of sensing and playing sound. The fabric is crafted from a conductive plastic ordinarily used for microphones. The fibers change shape when sound waves or electricity are applied and can be used to convert one to the other.  The material can also work...

Sigma DP2x Is Tiny, Sweet, Costly

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Although we're big fans of DSLRs, compact cameras have their place. After all, lugging around five lens, a camera body, and some battery packs is an aggravating job and sometimes, you just want to have fun. That's where Sigma comes in; their latest compact, fixed-lens camera looks ready to take great pictures while actually being portable.

Burn Your Turns: Jet-Pack Skiing Is Here

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How do you make skiing more extreme than straightlining 60-degree, three-foot-wide chutes atop serrated ridgelines? You add a jet pack, of course! At least that's what you do if you're a stunt man and extreme sports junkie. Troy Hartman recently designed his own pack built with two Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) jet engines. The engines kick out a 12:1 thrust-weight ratio and provide land...

Self-Charging AA Batteries Are the Way of the Future (Hopefully)

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While integrated, rechargeable batteries have become standard in devices like MP3 players and cell phones, there are still plenty of portable gadgets that use good, old fashioned AAs--some cameras and GPS units, for instance. So if you run out of juice on the road, you're pretty much $#!* out of luck--unless you happened to bring spares with you. Or if you have these non-existent but still...

TV Junkie's Dream: Suzuki's Motorized Couch

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Over the years here at GadgetCrave, we've seen a lot of robot concepts. And one of the main themes of those concepts is something that could only be described as "beer butler." But maybe they've been thinking about it all wrong. I mean, why trust your cold brew to a robotic servant that could turn on you at any moment when you could rely on a motorized couch to transport you to and from the...

Tough as [Steel] Nails: Scientists Create Ultra-Rugged Metal-Glass

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Imagine glass that's as strong and durable as steel. That's what a group of scientists from Berkeley Lab and the California Institute of Technology have recently created. Sure to supplant Gorilla Glass as manufacturers' go-to for glass displays and pieces--assuming it gets out of the lab and onto the market--the new glass is a metal-mixed glass that is flexible and bends instead of cracking....

Samsung's Flexi-Amoled Display Points To a Bright Future For Portable...

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Imagine being able to slide your cell phone or media player into your wallet. Or being able to roll it up like a piece of paper and fit it into the smallest compartment of your backpack. Yes, that day is in the future, but a new AMOLED shown by Samsung shows that the future is coming. The prototype screen is 4.5-inches and measures a scant .3 mm in depth--so thin that you can barely see it...

More Google in Your Life: Google Payment Service on the Way?

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Are you getting the idea that Google is like a hyperactive child with ADD? Sure, they're good at search, but that doesn't mean they do everything well. Take Buzz. Or Wave. Or the Nexus One. Or Google TV. Slow your role, Google! But like any hyperactive child, Google won't sit still long enough for anyone to discipline it. So it's on to yet another venture. According to...

Watch Movies At Home The Same Day They Hit Theaters

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Lack of the latest titles is really one of the only major downsides to movie streaming. Once they get that figured out, we'll be laughing at the days of actually leaving the house to pick out a video. Well, a new start-up aims to get movies well before their video/pay-per-view release--city-street bootleg early. Called Prima Cinema Inc., the company is negotiating with studios toward getting...

Google's Creepy Side

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There must be a large and growing segment of the population that thinks that Google is slowly trying to take over the world. Despite its "no-evil" mantra, the company is increasingly involved in activities that could be described as evil, suspicious at best. They're out there taking pictures of your street, your home and you; they all but control information on the Web and they're pretty much...

Apple Buys Polar Rose: Future iPads/iPhones to Recognize Your Ugly Mug?

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The iPhone just got the ability to transmit your smiling face via FaceTime, and it looks like Apple is pretty serious about it being able to read your face too. According to a variety of European news outlets, Apple purchased Polar Rose today for between $22 million and $30 million. The company is known for a stable of facial-recognition software. While the deal hasn't been confirmed yet, it...

Please Say It's True: Nike Working on Power Laces From Back to the Future...

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For those of us growing up in the decade of awesomeness (or maybe that should be dudicalness) that was the 80's, one of the greatest debates of our day had to be whether you'd rather own a hoverboard or monstrous Nike hightops with auto-laces from Back to the Future II. I'm pretty sure that the hoverboard won out, but you would have been an 80's god had you managed to make/get...

Best. Beer Bot. Ever Made. (Recognizes You and Your Favorite Brew)

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Beer bots are one of those items that are fascinating but make you fear for the future of mankind. It takes a considerable amount of engineering and programming expertise to design a robot that rolls around your home and brings you an ice cold IPA out of the fridge. And you have to wonder if all of that professional prowess couldn't be better spent on a device that could better humanity rather...

Nokia Charges Your Phone With Bike Power

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Well, it's about time. Since the overwhelming surge of gadget chargers has brought us cell phone chargers based on everything short of steam turbines, I've been waiting for a charger that uses bike power. It seems rather obvious: the pedals spin like a crank-powered dynamo, why not hook up some hardware and harness that power. I expected that such a charger would come from some cleverly-named...

Another Beer-Transporting Robot

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Did you ever wonder how far along humanity could be if people focused less on products that make us more lazy? We'd probably be traveling around, counting light years instead of miles and conquering distant planets that we don't even know exist. But, being lazy is a lot more fun in the short term, so we get technology like Baxter the ButlerBot and RoboFridge. After a couple of MGDs, we'll...

From Tablets to Scrolls: Sony Develops Rollable OLED Display

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When I saw yesterday's Nextep wrist-based computer concept, I couldn't help but thinking how futuristic it looked. Then, just a day later, here comes Sony, the same company that the Nextep's designer designated for his concept, with this intriguing rollable display. Capable of being wrapped around a pencil while displaying images, the display is an OTFT (Organic Thin Film Transistor) full-color...

More Details on Google TV's Hardware and Software Emerge

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If you've been cursing yourself out for buying a new TV within the past few weeks, before hearing what Google had to say about the future of Internet television, fret not: there will be a set-top box. I know what you're thinking: "Not another big, awkward box that I have to stuff into my entertainment center." But, the set-top box built by Logitech is anything but big. Slim, sleek and sexy, the...

Designer 3D Glasses Just Make You Look Like a Rich, Snobby Dweebus

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Someone within the outskirts of the 3D industry has rallied to solve one of 3D's biggest problems: the geekazoid glasses that are required to see that dynamic third dimension. The solution? These designer 3D shades from Look3D. Oh yeah, and getting two models that Hitler himself would have popped a boner for to model them.

New WiGig Format to Offer Wireless Speeds 10x Current Rate

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The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) has announced its new wireless spec will offer much better performance than current technology with speeds up to 10 times as fast as those enjoyed today. The WiGig format will complement existing Wi-Fi bands offering a smaller range, but speeds up to 7 Gbps. The WiGig spec will use part of the 60 GHz spectrum.