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GE Has 3D-Printed a Working Jet Engine

May 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the consumer 3D printing industry is going through a bit of an existential crisis, industrial 3D printing is going strong. Last week, Stratasys announced it had 3D-printed over 1,000 parts for Airbus’ A350 XWB planes that shipped in 2014. Now, scientists at GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center have made...

Amazon Drone Delivery Will Track Customers Down No Matter Where They Are

May 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay Amazon’s drones from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. In a patent application from last month, uncovered by the BBC yesterday, the retail giant outlined a plan for its proposed delivery drones to get packages to you...

This Is What the Next Generation of Google Glass Could Look Like

May 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google’s next Glass wearable may well be a little easier on the eyes, though there’s no guarantee that it will look any better. In a patent awarded to Google today, the company outlined a curved display system for a head-mounted wearable computer. The patent suggests that a user could control...

GoPro Is Getting Into Virtual Reality

April 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow GoPro announced today that it has agreed to buy Kolor, a French software startup that specializes in creating 360° interactive videos. Soon, videos of snowboarding tricks, aerial drone footage, and perhaps even team sports, could become immersive, explorable worlds. Kolor’s software lets users stitch together photos or videos to create...

Google Is Considering Doing Away With Space Bars

April 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every computer manufacturer is looking for ways to make its laptops smaller and more portable. Apple recently announced a new MacBook that saves space by moving the keys on the keyboard together, and Dell got rid of the bezel on its newest XPS laptop. But a new patent awarded to...

3-D Microscope Uses Virtual Reality to Let You Explore a Molecule

April 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you ever really wanted to wander around the face of a penny, there’s a new technology on the horizon that may be able to help. Nanotronics Imaging has created a new system, called nVisible, that lets anyone walk through a three-dimensional, digital visualization of a microscopic landscape, using...

Intelligent Windows, Self-Repairing Concrete and Other Inventions that Could Change the World

April 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced its finalists for the 2015 European Inventor Awards, honoring brilliant inventions from a range of scientific fields. The EPO will have its work cut out choosing winners—everyone on the list is working on or has created something groundbreaking. A dozen finalists are grouped...

Google Has Patented Ability to Control Robot Army

April 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After getting a patent for giving robots personalities last month, Google now wants to unleash an army of Rodney Dangerfield bots on the world. In a patent awarded today, the company outlines a system for “allocating tasks to a plurality of robotic devices.” This sounds innocuous enough—it could mean linking...

The UN Wants to Make Sure We’re Not Developing Killer Robots We Can’t Control

April 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United Nations has a lot of things to worry about. Famine, war, inequality, discrimination, epidemic disease… and now, reports New Scientist, the threat of autonomous robots that could destroy us on a whim. The UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons is meeting this week with experts on the subject...

IBM’s AI Computer Has Come up With Some Pretty Incredible Food Pairings

April 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a theory that given an infinite amount of time, a monkey could eventually type out the complete works of Shakespeare. But could that monkey come up with a new way to pair saffron and fennel? IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence computer—famous for its win on Jeopardy!—is trying to do just...