MIT tech gets the most bang for the buck out of laser-cut materials

When you're laser-cutting parts for a build project, you obviously want to be as efficient as possible. A new MIT-created program is designed to help, by optimizing the manner in which parts are cut from sheets of raw material.

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Portable Handy Pen designed for on-the-spot toxic gas detection

Although there already are devices that can detect harmful gases, most of them aren't particularly portable or simple to use. An experimental new tool, however, is about the size of a hypodermic needle – and it could be utilized by anyone, anywhere.

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Reactive Video slows onscreen instructors to stay in sync with viewers

When trying to learn a skill such as judo or yoga from a video, it can be frustrating if you're not able to keep up with the onscreen action. That's where Reactive Video playback comes in, as its slows videos down to match the speed of their viewers.

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Lego Braille and social housing among 2020 design awards hopefuls

A total of 74 projects have been selected for the 2020 Beazley Designs of the Year shortlist. The variety is genuinely impressive, encompassing everything from Braille Lego to an uncensored library in a Minecraft server and a social housing project.

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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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