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The best mix of dance and tech that you’ll see today

If you’ve not come across them before, then you’ll find Enra a pretty amazing bunch.

They combine dance, art, music, performance art and technology in an astonishing way, but rarely as well as in Pleiades, here. This astonishing performance was directed by Nobuyuki Hanabusa, and performed and choreographed by Saya Watatani and Maki Yokoyama.

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The best mix of dance and tech that you'll see today

If you’ve not come across them before, then you’ll find Enra a pretty amazing bunch.
They combine dance, art, music, performance art and technology in an astonishing way, but rarely as well as in Pleiades, here. This astonishing performance was directed by Nobuyuki Hanabusa, and performed and choreographed by Saya Watatani and Maki Yokoyama.

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The iWatch is nearly here. Only Apple isn’t the company making it.

Never one to let a poorly selling idea die, Samsung is apparently opening up a huge can of worms and getting ready to launch a ‘phone-watch.’

At least that’s what I’m calling it.

If Apple made it, it’d be the ‘iWatch’ or something. But Samsung is making it so there.

In any case, Samsung has been cranking out innovative products over the past several decades but this is the first time, in recent memory at least, they’re first to market with something that Apple was expected to announce already.

Will it flop? Probably. Will it get an expensive advertising campaign? Definitely. Will Apple be playing catch-up? Too late.

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Want An Iron Man Suit? The U.S. Military Is Testing Prototypes Right Now

I’m a Tony Stark fan. I know Iron Man may have been a small-time comic (some call it a ‘second tier’ comic) that’s been given the real Hollywood treatment by Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Feige, and the rest of Marvel Studios.

But it’s obviously struck a nerve with the U.S. military. They’re now announcing that new high-tech ‘suits’ are being tested for U.S. Special Operations Forces. Here’s the skinny from a new press release (I’ve trashed the gibberish part and just used the relevant bits):

Michael Fieldson , the civilian project manager for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit at McDill Air Force Base, looks at sketches of the body armor exoskeleton during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa. (AP Photo / Tamara Lush)

Michael Fieldson , the civilian project manager for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit at McDill Air Force Base, looks at sketches of the body armor exoskeleton during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa. (AP Photo / Tamara Lush)

Today, elite US special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user’s vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe. The suit might eventually have other features unheard of only a few years ago, including an exoskeleton made of liquid armor, smart fabrics that could help stop hemorrhaging, enhanced sensory capabilities and Google Glass-like visuals.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project is coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Prototypes are expected to be shown to military commanders in June, with hopes that the suit will be given to high-risk units in 2018.

While the project sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, its mission is simple, said James Geurts, the Deputy for Acquisition of the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill.

“We’ve lost a lot of guys to gunshot wounds and explosions,” he said. “If there’s anything I can do to more rapidly field technology, give better protection, better capability, any progress, I think we’ve done well.”

Will the new suits evolve into something even more Stark-y? Potentially. Let’s hope they’re used for good and don’t fall into the hands of Hydra. They’re the worst.

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What If You Were Deaf? This Is What A Cochlear Implant Sounds Like

I am not deaf. That being said, I know many deaf people and have had more than a few as friends throughout my life. They have all had cochlear implants and those little bits of technology have a truly transformational effect. They allow (to various degrees) many to hear. It’s a beautiful technology.

But what if you’re not deaf and listen to the world through a cochlear implant? Probably nothing you’ve ever considered before … until now.

The video you see on this post illustrates what it’s like to actually hear using the implant – something that most of us would never get the chance to do during our lives. I love this video and it gave me some real appreciation for implants and what the deaf community works with on a daily basis.

NOTE: Fast forward to the 3:20 mark on the video to get to the implant part.

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This Cheap And Simple Technology Would Literally Save The World

Holy tap dancing Teslas, you guys. If you thought the Tesla Model S (check out what happens when you push a Model S to the limit here) was the technology of the future and that it was going to save the world, you’re half right. It is and and probably will.

But there’s a new Indiegogo campaign that features technology that might LITERALLY save the world. I don’t use that term lightly.

This new technology is called ‘solar roadways’ which, in a nutshell, are hexagonal panels that use fancy technology and solar panels that are designed to replace pavement. Seriously, that’s crazy.

Imagine a world where you no longer have to drive on pavement, potholes, or pay for electricity. This new technology would literally save the planet – even if you continue to drive your Hummer H2 over it while throwing flaming gas cans out the window.

If you want to see this technology become a reality, check out the Indiegogo campaign here.

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What If Your Gun Could Decide Whether Or Not It Should Fire?

Well here’s a new development that is probably exciting news for all you hunters and gatherers out there. What if your rifle could aim itself and literally never miss its target? Would that be more or less fun than the standard practice of actually aiming your own gun and shooting?

Is this the lazy man’s gun or perhaps something much more special? Could it be the weapon of the future that leads to a world of precision shooting where a gun can decide if a target is valid or not? For example, what if a future version of this rifle featured by CNN could identify and either enable or disable the firing mechanism based on the target? This could be an incredible advancement in the world of school violence, war, and beyond.

I can dream, at least.

For now, this rifle’s advanced technology seems to do some solid auto-aiming that is worth knowing about.

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