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Did your Thanksgiving dinner turn out a bit bland? Not quite up to code? Maybe it’s all in the technique. Drone manufacturer Autel Robotics has a helpful video that shows how a quadcopter can double as an excellent multi-function kitchen tool that peels, slices, dices, fries, mixes and butters your buns, so to speak, as long as you don’t mind your kitchen getting a touch messy. The drone in question is Autel’s X-Star Premium, a decent enough looking 4K camera quad that’s probably best described as a Phantom with fewer bells and whistles. With a 25-minute max flight time and…

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…

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…

Ironing boards, or ironing tables as they used to be called, have remained largely unchanged since around the mid 1800s, but now consumer electronics startup Sharkk has unveiled the Flippr, an ironing board with one simple difference: it flips over, so you can iron both sides of the garment without moving it. The tedious task is further sped up with the help of accessories like pants clips, a wire shelf for the iron, and a detachable detail board for sleeves and collars. Most of the innovation in the exciting world of ironing has been in the iron itself, with things…

Just like the selfie stick before them, tiny drones are giving those concerned with self-portraiture more reach than ever before. The AirSelfie is the latest flying camera to zoom into the arena, and may just be the least cumbersome one we’ve seen, with the ability to slide away into the user’s smartphone case when not in use. When all you really need is a decent enough camera to hang in the air for a few moments and capture a memory or two, the necessary hardware can be packed into some pretty small packages. A number of interesting takes on the…

A groundbreaking new technology unveiled this week could enable paraplegics to walk again by sending signals wirelessly from the brain to the lower part of the spine. The neuroprosthetic interface, developed by an international team of scientists and technicians, acts as bridge between the brain’s motor cortex and the spine. Brain signals are picked up by an implant in the skull and then translated by a small computer, which relays the information — wirelessly and immediately — to electrodes implanted in the spine. The spinal electrodes are placed in the lumbar region, below the injury or lesion that otherwise prevents…

The virtual whole-Earth model that Google has been perfecting for over a decade has finally reached its next big step: Google Earth is now available in virtual reality. For the first time, users can walk through real city streets, fly through canyons and teleport to anywhere in the world all in an completely immersive VR experience. Google Earth VR covers the entire 196.9 million square miles of the planet, so if you can’t decide where where to take your first virtual trip, Google has helpfully included cinematic tours and curated destinations through places like the Amazon River, downtown Manhattan, the…

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