Tech Archive
31 March 2015, 04:47 PM ET
With a built-in heart rate sensor and GPS tracking, the Surge is one of the most comprehensive fitness trackers on the market.
31 March 2015, 04:07 PM ET
The cyberwood, which continues to work even after its living components die, is made from a combination of tobacco plant and teensy carbon tubes. The result could lead to better technologies in night-vision cameras and temperature sensors.
30 March 2015, 08:15 PM ET
Ordinary tampons can detect sewage pollution, a new study shows.
30 March 2015, 04:29 PM ET
The Mio Fuse is a new fitness tracker and training device from Mio Global, a company known for wrist-worn heart-rate monitors.
29 March 2015, 05:12 PM ET
Electromagnetic radiation – it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of various kinds underpin our senses and how we interact with the world.
27 March 2015, 04:04 PM ET
A system that records the sounds of every breath and snore you utter while sleeping may offer an alternative to clinical sleep-tracking technology, new research suggests.
27 March 2015, 01:20 AM ET
Using a scaffolding built from tobacco viruses, engineers have created a super-efficient nanoscale sponge.
27 March 2015, 12:34 AM ET
A watched pot may never boil, but a watched pot coated in these super-sponge nanostructures might.
26 March 2015, 04:25 PM ET
Here are the best fitness trackers, GPS watches and smartwatches for swimmers. We tested 16 waterproof wearables in a variety of conditions.
26 March 2015, 03:25 PM ET
The Suunto Ambit3 has advanced swim features beyond most GPS watches, but its app is only compatible with iOS devices and wireless pairing options are limited.
26 March 2015, 03:08 PM ET
The Swimovate PoolMate Live has a bright display that can be read underwater, but it suffers from a bulky design and doesn’t sync wirelessly.
26 March 2015, 02:51 PM ET
The Garmin Swim's best features include its ability to track every part of a swim workout, even drills that don’t require you to take strokes.
26 March 2015, 02:20 PM ET
A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions.
26 March 2015, 11:43 AM ET
A bird-inspired robotic wing could improve how drones hover and fly. In this video, the bio-inspired wing flaps and recovers after colliding with various obstacles.
25 March 2015, 09:15 AM ET
Legions of viruses that infect the leaves of tobacco plants could be the key to making power plants safer and electronics more powerful.
24 March 2015, 12:38 PM ET
A researcher at the defense company Boeing has filed a patent for a sci-fi-esque cloaking device that would protect soldiers from intense shock waves generated by explosions. The device would stop shock waves with a veil of heated, ionized air.
21 March 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Star Wars' beloved droid C-3PO's astounding translation abilities might be the most useful in everyday life, and the most likely to be replicated by real-life AI.
20 March 2015, 12:52 PM ET
Amazon got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its much-hyped Prime Air delivery drones in the United States. But this might not be the news Amazon had hoped for.
20 March 2015, 11:55 AM ET
Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on his iconic killer-robot role in July's "Terminator Genisys." While no Skynet-like AI has sent red-eyed robots after humanity, the prospect of weaponized AI has gotten much more likely since the first "Terminator" movie.
20 March 2015, 07:26 AM ET
Here are some of the most accurate clocks ever built, from one that relies on chilled cesium atoms to an optical lattice atomic clock that loses a second only every 4.4 billion years.
19 March 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Blessed and burdened with a tremendous learning capacity, Ultron masters 3,000 years of human history in a flash. But computers that learn are not only on the big screen, say experts.
18 March 2015, 10:48 PM ET
With wearable health tech, your doctor can know if something's wrong before you do.
18 March 2015, 08:23 AM ET
The Turing test, a foundational method of AI evaluation, shapes the plot of the sci-fi/psychological thriller "Ex Machina." But real-life systems can already pass the test.
18 March 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
18 March 2015, 07:44 AM ET
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
17 March 2015, 12:31 PM ET
Artificial intelligence like the kind seen in the movies is getting real, as researchers work on robots with feelings like Chappie.
16 March 2015, 03:27 PM ET
At the Robot Petting Zoo, makers showed off everything from a social robot to an insectlike creature that gazes longingly into your eyes.
16 March 2015, 07:02 AM ET
Could genetic information that is left on cigarette butts, chewed gum and fingernail clippings be harnessed for nefarious purposes?
14 March 2015, 01:18 PM ET
Check out these photos of the "Pi Day of the Century" event at the 2015 SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas.
14 March 2015, 12:26 PM ET
Math geeks everywhere celebrated the "Pi Day of the Century" with pies, countdowns and celebrations.
13 March 2015, 02:09 PM ET
A virtual-reality demonstration of weightlessness gives a weird floating system that probably doesn't mimic a true microgravity environment.
13 March 2015, 10:06 AM ET
New nanoscale technology could have wide-ranging applications in multiple industries.
13 March 2015, 08:22 AM ET
From the Oculus Rift headsets to the new HTC Vive, virtual reality devices will soon be flooding the gaming market. But, the technology has also been plagued by some unwelcome side effects.
12 March 2015, 10:11 PM ET
Electromagnetic radiation is a form of energy that includes radio waves, microwaves, X-rays and gamma rays, as well as visible light.
12 March 2015, 02:19 PM ET
The world's largest particle accelerator, which famously discovered the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012, will soon start up again at almost double the energy of its first run.