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Indian Students Develop Bra That Electrocutes Assailants

A group of Indian engineering students have designed a wearable solution to a terrible problem: a bra that can give a would-be rapist a literal 3800kv shock.

Manisha Mohan, a student at SRM University in Chennai, saw the aftermath of the gang rape and murder of a student, and how reluctant the government was to help. So she and two friends, Niladhri Basu Bal and Rimpi Tripathi, decided to use their scientific knowledge to provide a form of protection.

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Leap Motion Partners With HP To Embed Gesture Control In Computers

Leap Motion has announced a partnership with HP to embed 3D motion control in a line of computers.

This relationship will start with the Leap Motion Controller bundled with select upcoming products, and will evolve into this innovative form of human/computer interaction being embedded right into a set of HP products.  

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Google Glass Specifications Revealed

Google has published a list of technical specifications for the upcoming head-mounted device Glass. These include a 640x360 display, the equivalent of a "25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away," a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, 16 GB of storage (with 12 GB being usable), and audio delivered via a bone conduction transducer.

 

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'Playfun' Computer Program Teaches Itself To Play NES Games

Tom Murphy has created a computer program that learns how to play classic NES games on its own.  The software, named 'Playfun,' uses pre-recorded snippets of gameplay and its own emulator to determine the best course of action when faced with obstacles, teaching itself along the way.

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University Team Create Hi-Res 3D Camera Using Lasers

Not content with claiming our movies and our televisions, 3D is now taking our photographs with a camera system that creates 3D images using lasers from over a kilometre away. And that's no fuzzy blurry image either. From over 1000 metres this camera can snap crisp, high-definition images that are accurate to the millimetre.

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'Soladapt Touchscreen Overlay' Hands-On. Turn Any Screen Into A Multi-Touch Display

Soladapt's Touchscreen Overlay presents the unique and cost effective opportunity to experience the full functionality of touch-based UIs like Windows 8.  Simply put, it's a pane of toughened glass you put over the front of your display and plug in via USB, giving you Touchscreen capabilities.

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New Rising Media Will Be At Gadget Show Live 2013

The Gadget Show Live has been an amazing event for New Rising Media to cover, and I'm proud to announce we will be heading back again to cover this year's event!  

You may remember that we did both last year's events in April and at Christmas.  While these both went rather well (I actually looked young then!), we would have been foolish to rest on our laurels between then and now.  So it's fair to say we have A LOT planned.

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Harvard Scientists Allow Humans To Control Rats With Their Minds

In the latest against science's long-standing grudge against rats, the boffins at Harvard Medical School have experimented with a system that allows the human mind to trigger actions in a rat's motor cortex, making the antics of the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin one step closer to possible.

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Facebook Home Announced. Revamps Any Android Phone To Be About 'People, Not Apps'

After years of speculation, Mark Zuckerberg talked about that Facebook Phone.  Introducing 'Home,' a deep software integration with Android, that takes over the homescreen and designs your phone around "people, not apps."  HTC's Peter Chou also took to the stage at the social network's campus in California to announce the HTC First, a hardware realisation of Facebook's vision.

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'SimSensei.' Xbox Kinect Software Detects Depression With 90% Accuracy

The Kinect for Xbox 360 has always been a bit of a playground for modders and techies, and a team of Computer scientists at the University of Southern  California run by Stefan Scherer have used the device to determine, with 90% accuracy, whether or not you are depressed.

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Fujitsu's Camera Software Reads Pulse In Real-Time By Looking At Your Face

Biometrics have flourished in past years. From securing your smartphone to tracking people through airports, it's gained a lot of interest. Fujitsu Laboratories is no exception to this trend, and from it’s continued development, they have created camera software that can read a person pulse from just their face.

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'The Bat.' Levitating Mouse Of The Future

Ever looked at the mouse sitting by your PC and thought that maybe, just maybe, it needed to levitate? Well your bizarre whims are not far away from reality now thanks to Vadim Kibardin, winner of the 2012 DESIGN AND DESIGN International Award. What more appropriate name for something equal parts weird and awesome than "The Bat"?

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Flying Drone Fitted With Terrifying Eagle Claw To Snatch Victims At High Speed

Researchers from the University of Pennysylvania have developed a bird-like claw, and attached it to a unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  This enables the flying drone to pick up objects at a high speed, heavily inspired by how an eagle uses its talons to grab prey.  We just took one terrifying-yet-awesome step closer to flying robots snatching humans off the street.

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