We know very little about our planet's seafloor, but that's poised to change as autonomous underwater scouting technology gets better and better. To that end, nearly two dozen teams are racing to develop robots that can investigate, map and conduct science at extreme depths, and under serious time constraints. They're also competing for $US7 million ($9 million) in prize money.
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Self-heating windows have existed for decades. However, they have have always relied on near-invisible wires that can be a distraction when revealed by oncoming headlights. So instead of wires, the laminated glass used in Volkswagen's new windshields includes an ultra-thin invisible layer of silver connected to the vehicle's electrical system so that it heats up and melts away ice.
Ever wanted to wear a foot brace, but didn't have an injury to justify it? Well you're in luck. On Thursday, Teva and Ugg released a collaboration of fur-lined sandals that bear an eerie resemblance to a foot brace. It's the perfect shoe for those who love cold toes in the winter or sweaty feet in the summer.
Your job has the potential to be a lot cooler once everyone has a pair of VR goggles strapped to their face — unless Microsoft has something to say about it. The company is working towards bringing hand motions and gestures into virtual worlds, with the goal of having you press buttons and pull levers just like your boring nine-to-five has you doing right now.
When you're designing a shirt, it makes sense to cut the fabrics so that the wearer is most comfortable with their arms down at their sides in a resting position. But for a swimmer, whose arms are constantly in motion, Roka Sports believes it's advantageous to instead design a wetsuit with an athlete's arms raised and reaching for the next stroke.
Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they're being squeezed, too.
Infectious diseases like polio and malaria might be gone in 15 years because the founder of Microsoft devoted a foundation to eradicating them. Now Bill Gates has turned his attention towards our global energy crisis, which he thinks can also be fixed with better R&D. And, yes, he's going to fund it.