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When a company has spent the last three years aggressively churning out smartwatches on a yearly or twice-yearly basis, trying to kickstart the “Next Big Thing,” what does it do when demand sputters? If you’re Samsung, the answer is apparently: not much. The Gear S3 is a solid smartwatch with an intuitive input system, but barely improves over its 2015 predecessor. One of the most unsightly features of the earliest smartwatches was a tendency towards gargantuan sizes that announced to anyone in sight: “I’m a tech product.” After a year or two, those sizes – thankfully – started shrinking down…

Researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have devised a technique for creating flexible supercapacitors that not only store more energy than comparable devices, but can also be fully-charged in seconds and continue to be recharged more than 30,000 times without affecting performance or capacity. “If they were to replace batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for more than a week,” said postdoctoral associate Nitin Choudhary. Working in the NanoScience Technology Center at UCF (and building on previous work in supercapcitor nanowire technology),…

Homewares are a tried-and-true gift avenue, but candelabras and doormats can be pretty dull. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the coolest home gadgets and gifts to help your friends and family (or yourself) relax and make the most of the holiday season. Amazon Dash Buttons Amazon’s Dash Buttons are very simple: when you’re running low on a household item, just push the button, and a few days later a fresh supply shows up at your door. How does it work? First, the user pairs it to their Amazon account, and through the app, sets up exactly which product…

Snapchat’s new smart sunglasses, Snapchat Spectacles, are the hottest gadget in town. It’s probably the first wearable designed specifically for the Snapchat generation. They’re also in incredibly short supply and only available through special robot vending machines. Which is why we had to tear one down. Snapchat Spectacles, which arrived on the social media landscape a little more than a week ago, let you Snap videos from your point of view. They’re essentially life-casters for the teen-set. Unlike previous wearable glasses, Spectacles look, more or less, like hipster sunglasses. Snapchat did all it could to hide the technology away. The…

Lenovo’s Yoga 910 laptop embodies a pleasant balance of style, versatility and performance with its flexible build, touchscreen and zippy internals. Its mobile-inspired features make it visually striking, highly portable and fun to use. Style & form factor The Yoga 910 is what many would call a convertible, otherwise known as a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet. But devices in this category vary wildly, so it would be a disservice to use an umbrella term and leave it at that. So let’s present it differently: Like previous entries in Lenovo’s lineup, the Yoga 910 is a light, thin laptop with a 360-degree hinge…

Sometimes it would be useful, or even just cool, to be able to illuminate a whole wall. That is the principle behind the Helios modular LED lighting system, where hexagonal units can be joined together magnetically to cover any area and turned on or off individually by touch. The Helios system is similar to the Nanoleaf Aurora Smarter Kit, which uses 8.25 x 9.4 in (21 x 24 cm) triangular panels in a similar way. The hexagonal Helios modules are smaller, though, at 4.3 in (11 cm) across their longest span and 0.4-in (1-cm) thick, and do not feature the…

Take a couple of tried-and-tested imaging technologies and combine them with one at the cutting edge of computer science and what do you get? A virtual tour of an unborn baby’s anatomy, apparently. Scientists have used a mix of MRI, ultrasound and VR to produce 3D models of fetuses, a technology that could be used to avoid complications when it comes time to welcome them into the real world. Researchers from Brazil’s Clínica de Diagnóstico por Imagem began by taking MRI scans of the fetus and its environment. These were first used to build 3D models of individual components, such…

Tesla founder Elon Musk made waves last month when he announced that the company would begin equipping all new vehicles with self-driving hardware. Although we’re still at least a few years away from any city being dominated by self-driving cars, on Saturday Musk decided to give us a preview of what the future will be like with self-driving Tesla cars. The first video, set to the theme song of The Benny Hill Show takes us on a ride with a self-driving Tesla as the passenger sits in the driver’s seat, hands on his lap and feet away from the gas…

Amazon is giving its app a new feature to help holiday shoppers keep track of what’s in their packages. The company updated its iPhone app with a new feature that uses the phone’s camera to help detect what’s inside your packages without opening them. Dubbed, “Package X-Ray,” the feature uses your iPhone’s camera to scan the barcode on the package. Once scanned, the app will show which of your orders are inside. You can try it for yourself if you have the latest version of Amazon’s iOS app (no word yet on Android availability) by tapping the camera icon next…

The LA Auto Show started this week and New Atlas spent a few days speed-walking the floor to get the scoop on new cars, trucks, urban transporters and auto technology. On the cars side, there are numerous concept and production car debuts, exotics, classics, green technologies, customs and more. We’ve put together an overflowing gallery of the best of the best for your viewing pleasure. A few highlights worth a mention … Jaguar of all trades The Jaguar I-Pace makes a very convincing argument for the title of best concept of show. Not only does it sport a potent 395-hp…

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