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Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one

An industrious design graduate from the University of Edinburgh has posted a 3D printing CAD file for a wrist ban that allows users to insert an iPod Nano, which can act as a watch, music player and more.
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NASA upgrades humanoid robot in space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is in the midst of getting a series of upgrades, including new processors and software in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it.

A guide to the confusing Internet of Things standards world

Google recently announced a new networking protocol called Thread that aims to create a standard for communication between connected household devices.

Home Depot to sell the ultimate DIY hardware: 3D printers

MakerBot has signed a deal with Home Depot to run a pilot program in a dozen stores to sell the ultimate do-it-yourself product.

Under Google, robot maker reduces dependence on military funding

A company acquired by Google that develops robots for the U.S. military appears to have greatly reduced its dependence on government funding, suggesting a reluctance on Google's part to align itself too closely with military projects.

Fujitsu designs leaner supercomputer with fewer switches

Fujitsu has developed an approach to cluster supercomputers that reduces the number of network switches by 40% without sacrificing performance.

NASA: Finding life on other planets is within our grasp

Many scientists believe we're not alone in the universe, and NASA researchers say discovering if that's true is within their reach.

Google moves closer to selling smart contacts

Google has reached a deal with Alcon to work together on smart contact lenses that can monitor diabetics' blood sugar levels.

Money talks, and that's all quantum maker D-Wave has to say

The quantum computing technology developed by D-Wave gets ongoing scientific debate, but it's also getting money, $28 million last week, bringing its total funding to about $150 million.

Samsung, Arm and Nest launch Thread Group to link IoT devices together

Google's Nest subsidiary and heavy hitters including Samsung Electronics and Arm Holdings are launching the latest bid to make sensors, cameras, appliances and other devices in homes easily talk to each other.

Emerging Technologies In Depth

Where's the (robot) butler? Good high-tech help is still hard to find

If you're looking for signs of our collective robotic future, it's either terrifyingly near or forever just around the corner.

Why I'm sending back Google Glass

Now that Glass is available to anyone with $1,500 to burn, you might be tempted to buy a pair. Our tester shares 10 good reasons not to.

Field Notes: Clueless CIOs aside, open source is 'frightening and fantastic'

There's a reason the theme song at this year's Open Business Conference was 'Happy.'

The imminent age of virtual reality is an illusion

When faced with technology options, we are choosing the ones that require the least commitment to undivided attention.

AI gets its groove back

Thanks to the advent of Big Data, new algorithms and massive, affordable computing power, artificial intelligence is now, finally, on a roll again.

Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other

It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.

Ready for your electronic tattoo?

Electronic tattoos are the ultimate wearable computer. There's no telling what a patch of electronics stuck to your body somewhere and connected wirelessly to a smartphone can do once app developers get involved.

How do you feel? Your phone may soon tell you

A variety of projects unveiled in the past year aim to give mobile apps the ability to instantly detect a person's emotional state.

Google phone project could transform smartphones

Google has unveiled what is almost certainly the most interesting phone of the year. It's part of Project Tango

Smart cities are here today -- and getting smarter

Smart cities aren't the stuff of science fiction. Governments -- in the heartland and on both coasts -- are using sensors, social media, big data and other technologies to provide better services to citizens.

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