Amazon’s Dash Cart will let shoppers roll past checkout lines

Amazon has announced that it's adding a smart shopping cart service to its upcoming Woodland Hills store in Los Angeles, California. The Dash Cart registers what you're buying as you shop and charges your credit card as you exit the store.

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Vollebak repurposes electronic waste into a colorful “Garbage Watch”

British apparel maker Vollebak explores how to prevent electronic components and materials from filling landfills. It recycles various obsolete parts and pieces into a flamboyant timepiece it calls the Garbage Watch.

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MIT’s search and rescue algorithm could quickly find those lost at sea

Researchers at MIT have developed a new algorithm that takes stock of ocean conditions to determine in real-time where stranded items and people are likely to appear, which could give the efficiency of search and rescue operations a big boost.

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“Smart” trap tech allows for remote mosquito tracking

In order to gauge the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, authorities typically monitor the numbers of specific mosquito types that are known to carry those illnesses. A new system makes it possible to do so remotely, and thus more effectively.

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Safety system tracks firefighters by their strides

If you were heading into a burning building, you'd probably want someone else to know your location within it at all times. German scientists have developed a system that's said to serve that purpose, for use by firefighters and other rescue workers.

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AI-based quality control system listens for clicks on assembly lines

When two interlocking parts of a product are joined together in a factory, they typically make a satisfying "click" sound. By listening for such noises, a newly-developed system can detect when faults have occurred on robotic assembly lines.

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Seaside canopy could tilt to block storm waves

Although seawalls certainly do protect coastal communities from storm surge waves, those walls can be unsightly, and restrict access to the water. A proposed new system gets around those problems, by doubling as a canopy when not serving storm duty.

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