Emerging Tech

Portuguese Eco-City To Be Controlled By Computerized ‘Brain’

Southern Portugal’s PlanIT Valley is on course to become the greenest city in the world. The developers of the $19 billion city PlanIT Valley are taking a cue from human biology to control the constant renewable processes of the city. Much like the human body, PlanIT Valley will have its own brain (a central control computer connected through the cloud ...

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I Never Forget an Ear: Airport Security to Integrate Ear Scanning Technology

Sure, fingerprints and facial recognition are all well and good, but there’s always some sort of catch. Fingerprints and faces change with age and wrinkling, but researchers believe that ears are a different story. Pretty much from birth, ear shape remains consistent and is about as unique as a fingerprint. “There are a whole load of structures in the ear ...

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Google Has Secretely Developed a Self-Driving Car

Is Google setting its sights on alternative green transportation? It would seem odd that a search company would be in the headlines as a cutting-edge developer of automobiles, but apparently, Google still has a few secrets up their wizard sleeves. Google has secretly been developing a self-driven, autonomous car which actually does what it’s supposed to do. Google has accumulated ...

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DoCoMo’s AR Walker Prototype Brings Augmented Reality to the Streets

As of today, the only widespread use of augmented reality lies through the lens of a smartphone camera. But even that barrier between the phone and yourself reduces the realism of what’s supposed to feel like reality. NTT DoCoMo put their AR Walker prototype to the test at Ceatec, where some spectators waited up to an hour to try out ...

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15-Year-Old Boy Receives First Permanent Robotic Artificial Heart

An unnamed teenage boy sat in his hospital bed, awaiting death as his muscles slowly degenerated into oblivion. He was perhaps days away from death when doctors decided on a radical procedure. The 15-year-old in question suffered from Duchenne syndrome, a disease which causes rapid muscle degeneration but does not provide eligibility for a heart transplant. That’s just the way ...

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Wind-Powered, Plug-In, Hybrid Super Green Yacht Hits the High Seas

Admit it. It’s time to come clean. Say it with me – “My yacht is an environmental menace.” And your Cuban cigar smoke isn’t helping any. The truth is that personal changes really can make a difference, even if that means no more making laps around the yacht’s deck with your Hummer, using gasoline-soaked baby seals as the track’s course ...

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Human-Powered Car Can Travel at Speeds Up To 60 MPH

If you’re devoted to leaving as little of a carbon footprint as possible, or if your name is Fred Flintstone, the HumanCar Imagine PS by Charles Greenwood is one of the greenest vehicles you’ll ever see. The HumanCar sits four and is powered through human power via cranking / paddling. When four people are cranking away, the car can travel ...

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Apple Patent Harnesses the Power of the Sun in an Unexpected Way

While Apple hasn’t yet patented the sun (yet), they are interested in what the sun can do for them and their hardware. A newly revealed patent suggests that Apple might be gearing up for a more eco-friendly line of laptops, but not through traditional solar power. Picture this: a mirror attached to the lid of your laptop folds out to ...

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