Innovation

Technological breakthroughs and information about big ideas, innovations and the inventors that make progress possible.
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'Project Wing': Google Unveils New Drone-Delivery System
google delivery drone
August 29th, 2014
Move aside, Amazon: Google has revealed its top-secret drone-delivery project, and the first thing they used it for was delivering dog treats.
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How 'Skin' Sensors Could Turn Planes Super-Smart
The new "smart skin" for aircraft.
August 26th, 2014
The newest technology for military planes is surprisingly touchy-feely. Applied to the outside of an aircraft, the new "smart skin" lets planes "feel" the world around them through thousands of tiny sensors.
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'Jeopardy!'-Winning Computer Now Crunching Data for Science
Researcher using Watson computer
August 27th, 2014
Watch out, Sherlock, there's a new Dr. Watson in town. IBM's Watson, the computer that famously won the quiz show 'Jeopardy!', is now helping researchers make scientific discoveries.
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How Delivery Drones Could Monitor Their Own Health
Delivery Drone
August 27th, 2014
The day when people can order products online and have them delivered by a drone may not be far off. But to make sure these packages make it to their destinations, scientists have created a program that lets drones monitor their "health" midflight.
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Seeing-Eye Robot Assists Visually Impaired, No Clean-Up Required
Co-robotic cane schematic

August 22nd, 2014
This new generation walking stick combines the benefits of a whitestick with the guidance of a seeing-eye dog without the need for long, expensive trainings or the necessary clean up.
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Real-Life 'Star Trek' Tech Could Diagnose Diseases
health-monitoring device
August 27th, 2014
Teams around the world are competing to build a medical device that could diagnose diseases and monitor people's health — just like the fictional "tricorder" featured in the sci-fi series "Star Trek."
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Could Drones Be Coming to Disney World?
Jack Skellington drones
August 26th, 2014
Last week, Disney filed for three drone-related patents, envisioning flying robots that could animate giant puppets, display small projection screens and even act as floating pixels, or "flixels" in virtual fireworks shows.
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What the Deep Sea Sounds Like
Orca with freighter
August 21st, 2014
At the bottom of the ocean, a network of underwater microphones eavesdrops day in and day out on the squeaky laments of whales, the rumbles of earthquakes and the drone of passing ships.
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